Posted by 15 Oct 2014
Apple And Facebook Pay To Freeze Staff Eggs
Ever thought about asking your boss for more perks at work - pay rise, bonus scheme, travel expenses, fertility treatment? Wait… fertility treatment? Yes! Your eyes have not deceived you - this is exactly what Apple and Facebook are offering their female staff in the form of an employee perk.
According to reports, the technology giants are offering to freeze their female workers’ eggs to give them the opportunity of delaying their plans to start a family.
The companies are introducing the perk in a bid to attract more women into the male-dominated sector, in retaliation to concerns over workforce diversity.
According NBC, Facebook has already recently begun covering these egg freezing costs and Apple are set to begin in January.
The perk comes as an addition to the already generous benefits currently on offer for the companies’ lucky staff, some of which are: free lunches, dry cleaning, yoga and massages.
In a statement, Apple said it "cares deeply about employees and their families, and we are always looking at new ways our health programs can meet their needs.
"We continue to expand our benefits for women, with a new extended maternity leave policy, along with cryopreservation and egg storage as part of our extensive support for infertility treatments.”
Although this generous benefit may be seen as a godsend for some women, it perhaps shouldn’t be overlooked that the treatment isn’t always effective.
Corey Whelan, of the American Fertility Association, explains: "It's really, really important for women to know it's not a guarantee of motherhood.
"Some women consider it an iron-clad insurance policy. It's not."
It’s possible that the procedure could potentially lead to deep regret to those who it doesn’t work for; leaving them emotionally scarred that they didn’t start their family earlier due to the offer of a ‘way out’ of their biological clock ticking concerns.
There’s certainly a lot to think about before diving head first onto the egg-freezing bandwagon. And with the firms allegedly covering up to $20,000 (£12,600) for the procedure, plus annual storage costs, they’re certainly pulling out all the stops to make their employees happy.
But do Apple and Facebook actually care about the fertility needs of their staff or is this merely another attempt at victory in the well-documented ‘perk arms race’ between the two Silicon Valley firms?
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