It's great for new parents

By Lindsay Dreyer
December 08, 2016
An Ikea employee watches customers shopping during a store opening.
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All working parents know how difficult it can be juggling work and family obligations, especially when you're raising a newborn. Many companies don't offer their employees paid family leave because it's not mandated by federal law—but Scandinavian furniture company IKEA is setting a new example by offering new mothers and fathers paid leave for up to four months.

"This benefit, which applies to all parents, will give our co-workers the opportunity to spend more time with their families when welcoming a child," said Lars Petersson, the head of IKEA in the U.S. "Our co-workers are our most important resource, which is why we continue to invest in helping them reach their dream."

Not only is the benefit extended to mothers and fathers (including adoptive and foster parents), but it's granted to both salaried and hourly workers.

"Time with family and friends is so important for a healthy work-life balance and a happy and productive workforce," Petersson continued, confirming that the benefit will go into effect on January 1.

We couldn't agree more! And now we feel like our IKEA obsession is even more justified.