Just ran my fastest (not in good shape) to catch the Amtrak to NYC w/ Tom Manatos as my perfect wingman. We have spent the afternoon talking why #LeadOnLeave is a good business strategy, including impact on talent attraction and employee retention. But more than anything, it is the right thing to do AND as we know proud people perform. And being with your family during a very special time is very important for individuals as well as for company and societies.
As a leader in this space, Patagonia and Spotify shared our experience and reason why we do this and our value proposition. Very useful to listen to Secretary Perez, Dept of Labor and from other businesses supportive of public policies like FMLI, including those who have employees in states with existing policies.
It is somewhat awkward to discuss things we take for granted in Sweden and has more then 20 years of experience of in a country that doesn´t have one day of payed state leave. Yet. The need for paid family and sick leave is more pressing than ever, and research shows that paid leave is good for both employees and businesses.
DOL amplified the event through digital media, with a live feed of the discussion.
//Katarina Berg, CHRO, Spotify
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