Nestlé’s Parent Support Spotlight on Tessa: Time with Family Close and Far
by Tessa, quality department at Nestlé Purina
I had my first child, little Lila, on Halloween. We didn’t know we were having a girl — we waited to find out, which made it even more fun and sweet. Before she was born, I had talked with my manager and HR manager about prepping for leave. They explained the new policy which had just launched 2 months prior, and a leave specialist talked to me a number of times to explain all the options.
I chose to take 14 weeks off. Everyone really seemed excited about the new policy and had good things to say — my manager and colleagues were on-board with the whole plan, and I heard ‘man, I wish this had been around when I had my kids!’ a lot. Even my family was blown away when I told them about taking leave. My mom couldn’t believe it.