It’s often a dilemma that many working people face: focus on working long hours to build your career, or dial it back and balance career and family. This is an issue in particular for prospective mothers, who face the ticking biological clock in a way that males do not. This brings us to this question for you:
What do you think about the idea that there are companies that pay for egg freezing for employees?
This issue got into the news with reports that several major tech companies have begun to cover the cost associated with freezing eggs, for female employees. An interesting article in Time was one of a few I noticed on the topic. It’s eye-opening, and really a sign of changing times when companies are offering such a benefit.
On the surface, it might seem like a good thing. It’s always nice to see women’s issues taken seriously – actually, it’s nice to see issues specific to women and men taken seriously, but you get where I’m going with this. An enlightened set of policies that meets the needs of today is often refreshing to read about.
I was talking to an acquaintance who expressed an view just like that. As in, this is clearly a good thing all around, and a sign of caring about employees. The more I thought about it soon after the conversation, the more I found myself unconvinced.
Here’s another question I have for you:
If you worked at a company with a stated benefit such as this, what message would you be receiving?
Would the message be: “We care about you!”
Or, would the message be: “We want to remove a major obstacle to your productivity”
You know, I could see it go either way.
For those who would truly like to focus on their career, or are worried about chances of becoming a parent later in life, having someone else pay for it can be a really nice thing. It’s good to have options, and the fear of missing out on having a family – which I can totally understand might be extremely upsetting – can be calmed quite a bit.
On the other hand, is it sending an unintended message that it would be preferred if people focused on work and not family? After all, companies can really invest a lot of time and resources on employees. and people are assets in that regard. If your asset becomes less productive, you might not want to invest more in it.
My own view is a hybrid of these. I think it’s good to have options, and this type of benefit could really make a difference in the lives of some employees. That being said, if a culture is such that family needs to take a back seat in order to get ahead – even if it’s just a perception – it may not be for everyone. After all, tradeoffs don’t always have to be absolute!
My Questions For You
As I asked above, what do you think about the notion that companies are paying for employee egg freezing?
Do you think it sends a positive message, or one that’s not so positive?
Do you think it’s still possible to truly have it all and balance everything?