announced on Tuesday that it was starting an unlimited leave policy for new mothers and fathers for the first year after the birth or adoption of a child.Our bold in the above paragraph, of course. Tawni Cranz, chief talent officer at Netflix, says her company's success hinges on us competing for and keeping the most talented individuals in their field.
As part of the new maternity and paternity policy, employees will receive their normal pay. They will be able to return to work part time or full time, and they may also return to work and then take additional time off, if needed.
Just how that's important if the talent doesn't take the field for the game, is sorta ignored. Whatever. By one of the coincidences that makes life educational, we've been reading Nima Sanandaji's Scandinavian Unexceptionalism. In that 160 page PDF, we learn of the anomaly that while Norway has, statistically, one of the healthiest populations on earth, it simultaneously has one of the highest levels of expenditure for sick leave and disability. At 5% of national income, Norway dwarf's the rate for Japan and Canada (0.4%) and the USA's 1.2%.
One of Netflix's contributions to the entertainment of the world gets mentioned in chapter 10 (p.84);
One consequence of the generous welfare policies in Norway is a deterioration in the work ethic. The TV series Lilyhammer, starring Sopranos actor Steven Van Zandt as a US expat to Norway [actually a gangster who has been relocated to Lillehammer under the FBI's Witness Protection Program], regularly makes fun of the lack of work discipline in the country.Oh, yes. It does, and very effectively.