As Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on Friday he will take two months of paternity leave soon after his daughter’s birth, several family-centric business executives cheered him but sceptics questioned the decision as how it would effect Facebook users?
The parental leave is gaining currency, no wonder, and many IT firms have extended the privilege of such leave to their employees but the bottomline is simple, work should never get disrupted. Keeping this under consideration, hardly any CEO affords to remain silent even on any leave and least would be the paternal leave.
Facebook, otherwise, provides 4 months leave to its employees in one year’s period following child birth. “Studies show that when working parents take time to be with their newborns, outcomes are better for the children and families,” said Zuckerberg, who announced his wife Priscilla Chan’s pregnancy in July this year.
Even Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer took just 2 months leave after her first child’s birth in 2012 being a mother and it is unlikely that Zuckerberg would spend his entire time with his baby and wife.
While the hint is that Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg will step during the period, the strings of instructions would come from Zuckerberg himself in an online world. Leaving aside social repuration the decision of Zuckerberg would create for Facebook, a man who had never left even an inch of space for his buddies during the varsity days Facebook was in incubation, is unlikiely to yield even a centimeter of space for his second-rung leadership. Power vacuum is something unheard of in Facebook.