Access Bank Plc., has urged male employees of the bank to take advantage of its parental leave policy to ensure their active role in the family.
In a statement by the Head, Group Human Resources, Mrs. Bolaji Agbede, the bank disclosed that parental leave allowed parents to truly bond with their new child, balance their work schedule and help reduce conflict with parental obligations.
The bank also revealed that the policy, which started in January, would foster an inclusive workplace and extends paid benefits to all mothers and fathers. Adding that the new policy offered one week fully paid paternity leave to male employees and allows them to care for their offspring.
The policy also offered paid leave to all new parents at the bank, including mothers and fathers, as well as adoptive and surrogate parents.
According to Bolaji Agbede “It is important for the new father to take time off as it helps all parents, regardless of family structure. “This new policy is an evidence of the bank’s support to employees during this wonderful but challenging time in their lives,
In Her statement ”the policy affords parents to spend some quality time with their family while supporting the new mother who needs the break. Aged said those benefits supplemented the 12 weeks of paid leave that the bank currently provided to birth mothers. She added that the policy complemented the bank’s existing health and flexible workplace benefits, which supported work-life balance.