Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg has hinted that he will take two months of paternity leave once his daughter is born, due to recent studies that highlight the importance of spending time with newborn children. Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan announced in July that they were expecting their first child.
The Facebook founder wrote a post on his Facebook page suggesting that he had taken the very personal decision to take time away from the firm after the birth:
“Studies show that when working parents take time to be with their newborns, outcomes are better for the children and families. At Facebook we offer our US employees up to four months of paid maternity or paternity leave which they can take throughout the year.”
Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer at Facebook, responded to the post to congratulate the couple: “Enjoy the precious early months with your daughter — I can’t wait to meet her.” The company has not said who will run the business while Mr Zuckerberg is away.
The couple are expecting a girl. The 31-year-old, who founded the $268bn social network while studying at Harvard university is married to Chan, 30.