Stew Friedman: "What do you think about the Netflix deal?"
Karen Rubin: "I think it's an exciting announcement and a step in the right direction. It's really wonderful to see US companies offering more generous benefits around the parent transition. With that said, the danger of this type of policy is that a company might say, 'Now we're done. We're offering a year of paid leave, so we don't need to do anything else.' And not everybody is going to feel comfortable taking that leave. Many people will want it, but the concern is that if an individual takes it, what might the perception be? Will they be perceived as someone who is no longer committed to their career? What if someone else takes 2 months, does that mean they're on track for promotion and leadership?"
Stew Friedman: "There's a lot of work that needs to be done to manage the expectations that surround people taking this time. And there's stigma associated with taking time for your family."
Karen Rubin: "Management needs to be behind it. There needs to be a cultural acceptance for taking that type of leave for it to work in practice. Otherwise it's a carrot that's dangled, but employees can't actually take advantage of it."
Stew Friedman: "It has to be used. We know this to be a problem with unlimited vacation policies. The problem isn't that people take too much time, but they take too little."
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Stew Friedman is the Practice Professor of Management at the Wharton School, founder of the Wharton Work/Life Integration Project, and the author of the international bestseller, Total Leadership, and, most recently, The Wall Street Journal bestseller, Leading The Life You Want: Skills for Integrating Work and Life. Tune in to his radio show, Work and Life, on Sirius XM 111, Business Radio Powered by Wharton. Find him on Twitter @StewFriedman.