Reddit Co-Founder is Latest Tech Executive To Take Parental Leave (September 5, 2017)

By: Hayley Tsukayama, The Washington Post

When college roommates Alexis Ohanian and Steve Huffman cooked up the idea for Reddit, they weren’t thinking about company culture or worker benefits. But now Ohanian, Reddit’s executive chairman and fiance of tennis champion Serena Williams, is taking full advantage of his company’s new parental leave policy after welcoming a baby girl on Friday.

Ohanian joins Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg as a prominent male tech executive taking parental leave. The move illustrates how tech firms, after a flurry of coverage about their poor work-life balance, are working to change their tune as they — and their founders — age.

The work culture at these firms is notorious for demanding that employees throw their whole selves into work, said Ellen Bravo, co-executive director of the advocacy group Family Values @ Work.

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