In a bid to retain talent and encourage gender diversity in workplace, Indian companies are turning more sensitive and are offering a bouquet of additional facilities to make women staffers happy.
Companies such as HCL, MTS India, Bharti Airtel, Dabur, Tata Group and Godrej Group, among others, are extending benefits on maternity leaves, work-home balance, safety and motivation.
For instance, a few companies have extended the span of paid maternity leave. At Dabur and Godrej, this year the maternity benefit has gone up from the statutory three months to four and six months respectively. At Tata Chemicals, women employees can exercise the option of flexible work timing till the infant turns one.
“While I had seen women leaving workforce because of the stress from personal and professional life, thankfully, my company offered a fully-paid six month maternity leave. And, post-return, as a young mother, I was allowed to exercise the option of working part time,” said Anita Kapoor, 29, an executive at Godrej Group.
While Axis bank has drafted a policy where the position vacated by women will be offered to women candidates, Bharti Airtel has opened grocery store, fruit-vegetable counter, and a day care centre to assist women colleagues.
Further, companies are also deploying resources to enhance women security at workplace.
MTS India has introduced cabs with escorts and guards, reserved parking for women within office premise, among other facilities.
“We are in the process of issuing guidelines across all offices of MTS India,” said Tarun Katyal, chief human resource officer, MTS India.
Also, for new mothers, who are facing problems in balancing personal and professional life, HCL as devised a programme where they coach females on how to manage the new expectations at work and home.
According to a survey by global HR consultancy Aon Hewitt, 76% of the organisations have increased their budget to offer better facilities to women staff.