Nestlé’s Parent Support Spotlight on Tessa: Time with Family Close and Far
“It wasn’t just my time with Lila that was valuable, but also the time we were able to spend with my family.”
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.