By Olawunmi Ashafa
Access Bank Plc., has urged male workers of the financial institution to make the most of its parental go away coverage that extends paid advantages to all moms and dads.
The financial institution made the enchantment in an announcement on Wednesday in Lagos.
It mentioned the coverage, which began in January, would foster an inclusive office.
It additionally mentioned that the coverage supplied paid go away to all new dad and mom on the financial institution, together with moms and dads, in addition to adoptive and surrogate dad and mom.
The financial institution added that the brand new coverage, first by a Nigerian financial institution, supplied one week absolutely paid paternity go away to male workers and permits them to care for his or her offspring.
According to the financial institution, it additionally affords them in spending some high quality time with the brand new addition to their household whereas supporting the brand new mom who wants the break.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) experiences that additionally included within the coverage is a surrogacy or adoptive go away with full pay for 3 months for feminine workers of the financial institution.
The financial institution mentioned that these advantages supplemented the 12 weeks of paid go away that the financial institution at the moment supplied to beginning moms.
It added that the coverage additionally complemented the financial institution’s current well being and versatile office advantages, which supported work-life steadiness.
The assertion reported Mrs Bolaji Agbede, Head, Group Human Resources, to have mentioned that paid parental go away allowed dad and mom to actually bond with their new baby, steadiness their work schedule and assist scale back battle with parental obligations.
“Studies have proven that fathers who take paternity go away usually tend to take an energetic function in baby care duties and can proceed to play this function lengthy after the interval of go away has ended.
“It is necessary for the brand new father to take time without work because it helps all dad and mom, no matter household construction.
“This new policy is an evidence of the bank’s support to employees during this wonderful but challenging time in their lives,” she added.
Besides, Agbede mentioned a pregnant worker who had been within the financial institution’s employment for 12 consecutive months additionally had the choice of six months maternity go away.
She, nonetheless, mentioned that the choice allowed such workers to be entitled to two-thirds of full month pay, whereas the surrogacy or adoptive go away interval can be three calendar months with full pay or six calendar months go away with two-thirds of full month pay. (NAN)