According to Abdo Chlala, country manager for Amazon Saudi Arabia, the company always strives to pay attention to its employees and evolve its employee experience. As a result, the company aims to ensure that its rules and benefits provide new parents with the assistance they need to succeed at work and at home. Amazon’s parental leave policies are a big step forward that will help Saudi Arabia’s efforts to help its people reach their full potential. In order to reach the Saudi Vision 2030 goals of a dynamic culture, a thriving economy, and an ambitious country, women and men must be treated equally at work. He also said that Amazon was happy to have helped reach these goals.
The Saudi Arabian Amazon Policy: The Parental Leave Policy And The “Ramp-Back” Program
Amazon Saudi Arabia detailed its paid parental leave policy, which benefits all employees who have become new parents, regardless of gender, as the Kingdom aims to accelerate progress toward a gender-balanced workforce. The inclusive policy, reiterated in honor of International Women’s Day, grants both parents who have served a full year of service paid parental leave for up to six weeks during the first year following a baby’s birth. Birth mothers can opt to extend their 14 weeks of maternity leave by six additional weeks, giving themselves 20 weeks of paid time off to devote to parenting and their families, including the month before giving birth.
Amazon offers a “Ramp-Back” program that gives main caregivers eight consecutive weeks of flexibility and half-time work hours as they get used to their new work schedules as new parents as part of a larger rewards package for new parents. The plan for returning to work after having a child is just as crucial as the leave itself. With the flexibility to prioritize family commitments as they return to work after parental leave, their ‘Ramp-Back’ program enables new parents to ease their transition back to the office and personalize their schedules, according to Bikram Walia, director, human resources, Amazon MENA.
Dana Al-Shahrani, who is in charge of the delivery station shift at Amazon Saudi Arabia, says that when she was pregnant, it was very important to her to be close to her baby. She said that being able to focus on her baby and the needs of her growing family was made possible by the fact that Amazon understood what a mother needs at this time. She also said that the policy let her start her leave a month before her baby was due. This gave her time and space to take care of herself as well. Also, all Amazon offices and places of business in Saudi Arabia have special, fully-furnished “Mothers’ Rooms.”
Amazon shows its dedication to the well-being of its employees by offering paid parental leave for both parents, flexible work hours, and designated mother’s rooms, as well as by continuously improving the employee experience. The Saudi Arabian Amazon Policy is a positive example for other companies to follow in creating a more gender-balanced workforce and supportive work environment for young parents.