“Our company makes no difference between mothers or fathers taking parental leave; it’s all parental leave to us,” says Jeanette Skijle, H&Ms human resources chief. She adds that H&M sees parental leave-taking as an opportunity for its employees to try out different jobs and develop new skills. She noted the manager at H&M’s store in Kalmar, located in southern Sweden, is on six months paternity leave.
“The fathers taking leave are actually more worried than we are (and) wonder how we’ll cope in their absence,” she says, adding each H&M employee has a person appointed to take on his job if he goes on parental leave. “People think they’re irreplaceable, but frankly, nobody is irreplaceable.”"