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Facebook boss to take paternity leave






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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is going to take two months of paternity leave after the birth of his daughter. This tells all would-be fathers to get involved in their newborn's life. Zuckerberg is only taking half of the time Facebook gives male employees for paternity leave. Nevertheless, it sets a good example on the responsibilities of fatherhood. Zuckerberg wrote: "This is a very personal decision. Studies show that when working parents take time to be with their newborns, outcomes are better for the children." He added: "We're excited to start this next stage in our lives."

Over the past decades, more companies have given men fully paid paternity leave. However, many men are reluctant to take up this benefit. Technology companies are often in the forefront of looking after employees, but even their male employees have been hesitant. Many male workers continue working so they don't fall behind on projects or miss out on promotions. The UK reported just a small increase in the amount of paternity leave taken recently. An employment specialist gave some advice to men who were unsure about taking paternity leave: "Be courageous".

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