IBM Will Ship Traveling Employees' Breast Milk Home 


Here’s an interesting company benefit: IBM will start shipping breast milk home for nursing employees obligated to travel thither and yon for work.

That’s according to Fortune. “We are going to experiment with this and see how many women are interested,” said the company’s VP of benefits. “As long as it appeals to a segment of our population and they feel that they can better balance their work and home, we will continue it.” Quartz explained how it’ll work:

An IBM employee will be able to use a smartphone app before she travels to say where she will be. Packages will be waiting for her when she arrives at the hotel, and the delivery service will pick them up and deliver them overnight, IBM spokesperson Laurie Friedman tells Quartz.

Of course, it’s not a panacea—Quartz cites a survey that found most working mothers are wrestling with childcare and workplace flexibility more than worrying about the pump-and-dump. (Obviously.) And IBM isn’t exactly committing itself to a massive inconvenience, because as Fortune points out, the company has a female CEO but a mere 29 percent of its employees are women. But as perks go, it’s probably more appreciated than discount baseball tickets.

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