Philadelphia, PA, August 15, 2018- Watchdog Real Estate Project Management, a leading real estate owner’s representative and project management firm, announces the expansion of the company’s Parental Leave Policy to offer sixteen weeks of paid parental leave for new parents.
Watchdog’s culture is a major priority both for the company’s leaders and employees at all levels. “Making Watchdog a great place to work is something I am always thinking about. Our culture is truly one of our best competitive edges. Culture is not just the composition of the people who work at Watchdog, but also the benefits we offer. Often these benefits set the tempo for the foundation of our culture,” said Stephen Fean, President. It is policies like this one that exemplify Watchdog’s commitment to the personal and professional success of each its employees. This new policy offers a tremendous value and further establishes Watchdog’s people-centric culture.
Paid Parental Leave is still extremely rare in the United States. In 2017, PL+US: Paid Leave for the United States, a non-profit advocating for paid family leave, released a report on unequal policies from the nation’s largest employers.
Millions of Americans aren’t offered a single day off work following the birth or adoption of a child, and 1 in 4 new moms go back to work 10 days after childbirth, according to PL+US. Since the publication of this report, companies including Starbucks, Yum! Brands (KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut) and Walmart announced paid family leave policies. The PL+US report shows many companies are providing these benefits only to top-level employees and are providing different benefits based on gender and parental circumstance (birth type, adoption, surrogacy, etc). Offering a competitive and generous Paid Parental Leave policy sets Watchdog apart in a major way.
Watchdog made the announcement on Monday, August 13th, stating that the policy goes into effect immediately. Under the policy, parental leave is a voluntary paid leave associated with the birth of an employee’s own child or the placement of a child with the employee in connection with adoption or foster care. The policy is designed for new parents to bond with their child(ren). The policy is comprehensive and Watchdog provided all details that govern employee eligibility and procedures leading up to, during and after leave.