Johnson & Johnson in Latin America offers 8 wks of paternity leave and more, to keep employees happy

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December 14, 2017

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Johnson & Johnson is a company that, through the various products offered to the market, expresses an interest in “taking care of the world, one person at a time”. Based on this policy, the organization considers it inconceivable that in its mission to serve humanity, neglect its employees, which is why they have decided to take on several tasks to benefit them.

The vice president of human resources at Johnson & Johnson for Latin America, María Elisa Martínez, explained the reason why this company shows such interest in its employees:

“Johnson & Johnson has promised to have the healthiest workforce on the planet, and the health issue we have covered from the broad sense of the word,” said Martinez, explaining that the employee has been given a leading role in this organization, seeking that not only have a healthy work-life but also family and physical.

This company, which to date has nearly 1,700 employees in Latin America and 130,000 globally in the 60 countries in which it has a presence, recognizes that the cultural challenge to maintain working conditions that suit employees is only possible with a ‘creed’ that is characterized by being universal.

“There are fundamental values that are universal, Johnson & Johnsom has a creed that was written in 1943 and speaks of 4 different responsibilities,” said Martinez, referring to the pillars that make up this organization’s beliefs: high-quality products that are innovative, responsibility with employees, responsibility with the communities where they operate and responsibility with the shareholders that invest in Johnson and Johnson.

For Martinez in these responsibilities historically Johnson & Johnson has proven to be an innovative company in practices such as employment equity for men and women since 1943, as well as in concepts such as corporate responsibility, among others.

“We are concerned that employees can be productive at work, but also in the home,” said this human resources directive, who states that with the intention of fulfilling this postulate the company has undertaken internships with their employees who are on track. to the benefit of the family area.

Most recently, the company has allowed a biological or adoptive paternity leave of 8 weeks, when the Colombian law only asks for one. To this initiative is added another that allows parents during the first months of their babies’ lives to leave their jobs at 2 o’clock in the afternoon to share more time with their children.

A service that is added to this series of benefits designed in the home, is the one that allows the delivery of breast milk from breastfeeding mothers to their homes to their children from the office to the homes.

“These policies open doors for companies to start talking about these issues that help the employee to have a balance,” Martinez concluded by expressing the desire that these practices can be adopted by other organizations in order to benefit workers.

Many companies are afraid to implement this type of practice or incorporate other more famous such as teleworking, for suspecting that the productivity and quality of the product or service they provide may be harmed.

In relation to this fear, the professional in human management stated that the experience that this company has had with the parents who have taken maternity leave to date, is evidence of a greater commitment, trying with their performance to give back to the organization the investment made in your family.

“In the United States, thanks to these practices have seen better productivity rates, talent retention, and attraction,” said Martinez, who noted that their levels of talent turnover in all Latin American countries are below 5 %.

The above article was published in Spanish and translated into English. Original article: Link

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