Google upgrades family leave perks for workers, brands flummoxed by the metaverse and Glossier lays off 80+ following 2021 expansion

Also: Dolly Parton’s got something new cookin’ with Duncan Hines, a new survey for social media pros and more.

Hello, communicators:

Country music legend and America’s sweetheart Dolly Parton announced she is partnering with Duncan Hines on a line of specialty cake mixes and frostings.

The company offered a limited-edition preview of the line for $40 on its website, which has already sold out. Parton’s products, including coconut cake and banana pudding cake mix, won’t hit store shelves until spring.

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“I have always loved to cook and, growing up in the South, I especially love that authentic Mom and Pop kind of cooking,” Parton says in the press release. “I am excited to launch my own line of cake mixes and frostings with Duncan Hines, bringing that sweet, Southern-style baking experience I enjoy to others.”

Here are today’s other top stories:

Google increases parental leave, PTO in benefits expansion

Google announced yesterday that it will expand its employee benefits, increasing parental leave and additional vacation time for workers.

Here are some notable changes:

  • Parental leave is now 18 weeks instead of 12.
  • Parental leave for employees who give birth increases to 24 weeks.
  • Caregiver leave now eight weeks, up from four.
  • PTO is now 20 days a year instead of 15.

Business Insider reports:

“’More than 40% of our employees are in the ‘sandwich generation,’ where they might find themselves both bringing up their children and caring for aging family members,’ Fiona Cicconi, Google’s chief people officer, wrote in an emailed statement on Thursday.

“’We want to support our employees at every stage of their lives and that means providing extraordinary benefits, so they can spend more time with their new baby, look after a sick loved one or take care of their own wellbeing,’ Cicconi said. ‘Today we’re announcing increases to our global leave benefits to ensure that parents and caregivers have more time to spend with their families and loved ones, and to encourage all Googlers to take more time for themselves, too.’”

Why it matters: If your organization’s benefits are lacking, it’s time to get with the program: Companies are offering more comprehensive and attractive perks—on top of health care and PTO—to hook new employees and keep existing workers from jumping ship.

A new study from LinkedIn found that Gen Z workers want meaningful benefits like schedule flexibility and mental health support. Already offer a full slate of benefits? Great! Now’s the time to publicize your investment. Don’t be shy. Maybe even use the #showusyourleave hashtag?


A new report from ListenFirst shows that many brands just haven’t figured out the “metaverse” yet. Relatable, right?

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The study surveyed brand marketing and analytics professionals about the future of social media marketing.

More than 20% of respondents answered “no” when asked if they understood the metaverse and how it might impact their brands. Just 18% answered “yes,” while the majority of respondents answered “somewhat” or “unsure.”

In short: If you haven’t figured out the metaverse yet, you’re not alone. Try taking a gander at these tips on how to see through the hype and know when to get on board with the new trend.

Check out more from the ListenFirst 2022 Social Media Marketing Trends Study here.


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Glossier announces layoffs amid concerns it expanded too fast

Makeup and skincare company Glossier laid off more than 80 of its employees this week, a move that CEO Emily Weiss chalked up to the fact that the organization “got ahead of ourselves on hiring.”

In an email obtained by Modern Retail, Weiss announced the layoffs and admitted to “some mistakes,” writing: “We prioritized certain strategic projects that distracted us from the laser-focus we needed to have on our core business: scaling our beauty brand.”

Weiss wrote that many of the eliminated positions were from the brand’s technology team, representing labor that will be outsourced moving forward.

Business Insider reports:

“During the pandemic, it permanently closed its LA and New York stores, leading to staff layoffs. Toward the end of 2021, however, the company started to refocus on brick-and-mortar retail. It opened new locations in LA, Seattle, and most recently, London. The company raised $80 million in funding to do so.”

Why it matters: When sharing unpleasant news with stakeholders, honesty is the best policy. CEO Emily Weiss’ ability to acknowledge the mistakes that led to Glossier’s restructuring is a clear example of transparent leadership communications.

By explaining how the brand was invested in the wrong ventures, Weiss is able to position the layoffs as a step towards a more profitable future—essential messaging for an investor marketplace that is increasingly concerned about bad debt on company’s books.

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