SPL fails to take off say 60% of HR professionals, but...
My Family Care's recent Think Tank explored the experiences of HR directors since Shared Parental Leaves' inception, with insights into up-take, employee reaction, and employer thoughts for the future.
Nearly two thirds (60%) of employers have had very few, if any, individuals take up SPL since 5th April 2015. On a positive note, employers who are committed to pay parity with their maternity benefits believe that interest is definitely building within their employee bases.
What are the barriers to take-up?
For over 40%, the biggest barrier was the perception that taking leave would be 'frowned upon or career limiting'. Both panellists and attendees agreed that clear communication and the presence and promotion of visible role models could positively affect take up in the future.
What about 'Granny Leave'?
With Grandparental Leave being touted to make an appearance in 2018, the views from the Think Tank were muted. 20% welcomed it with open arms, the majority were undecided and 12% of attendees believed that it may be a step too far, questioning whether SPL can be successfully split any more ways.
Download our findings
Read the full report from our Think Tank and hear what employers Citi, Accenture and Shell think of SPL:
The full details of our Shared Parental Leave benchmark survey are also available to download.