At Novartis, we celebrate life and recognize moments that matter. One of the most life-changing moments our associates experience is becoming a parent and welcoming new life into their lives. In July 2019, we introduced equal paid parental leave of at least 14 weeks to all parents, regardless of gender. We believe that this will empower our people to make the right choices for the health and well-being of their families, by enjoying more flexibility and financial stability, at the times when it matters the most.
Alfred Ambatlle shares this experience with us of becoming a father of twins and how paid parental leave has helped him and his partner bond with their baby boy and girl and share the extra work that comes with being a family of four.
“The best aspects of the new parental leave benefit are several. One of them is that it gives me plenty of time to bond with the children. This is extremely important, they need me and I've been able to give them my time. But also flexibility -I’ve been able to decide when I want to take this time.”
While our diverse workforce brings different people and perspectives together, inclusion is making the mix work. It is about creating an atmosphere and an environment where each of us feels valued, respected and heard.