Aaron Toso, Amazon's PR specialist, took two weeks off when his wife, Meghan, gave birth to their daughter in September 2016. He shared the remaining six weeks of his parental leave with his wife, who doesn't work at Amazon and has no paid maternity leave.
Toso said in an interview that, because of Amazon's great new parental leave policy, "my wife didn't have to rush back to her business," adding "We really just wanted to enjoy spending time with her, spend time together as a family."
This "Leave Share" program was designed with hourly warehouse workers in mind. After getting feedback from a lot of focus groups, Amazon's HR director, Steve Winter, and the company's CEO, Jeff Bezos, started to think about how they could improve the new parents' experience at the company and provide them and their partners with an opportunity to rest.
Another part of the new parental policy because of which Amazon truly stands out includes the "Ramp Back" program, which enables new parents, regardless of gender, to take up to 8 weeks of flexible work schedule and reduced work hours. This means that they can ease back to work by putting in fewer hours than usual, as well as working for fewer days.
The "Ramp Back" initiative is beneficial to both Amazon and its hourly warehouse workers because new parents can transition back to work much better prepared for all their daily tasks, as they will be properly rested and actually ready to work. That physical and emotional relief in turn reflects on the company's overall success. Parent Ambassadors
Amazon created a group of about 40 HR employees who act as "parent ambassadors", helping new parents stay in the loop with everything business-related while they are on parental leave. They stay in touch with them until they are ready to come back to work.
This is yet another great benefit that all Amazon's full-time workers can enjoy when it comes to parental leave and another reason why the Seattle-based e-commerce giant stands out from other major tech companies when it comes to benefits for its full-time employees