Good news for employees of Godrej, Male employees will get more paternity benefits as bonding time

Fathers-to-be at Godrej, have more reasons to rejoice than an addition to the family.

The company will extend its paternity leave policy for young fathers to be up to 10 working days, up from five previously.

Add to that the weekend, and that makes it two weeks off, up from a week previously. Apart from Godrej, many private companies are working on paternity leave options for employees. The rising prevalence of nuclear families with working couples is enabling. They become more sensitive to the needs of male employees. Companies are egging on their male employees to lend a helping hand at home.

A Godrej spokesperson says diversity and inclusion at the company goes beyond addressing concerns of women employees. We realize that gender issues at the workplace can make progress only with the active support of men, she says.

Unless men shoulder familial responsibilities, women will find it harder to excel professionally.

SAP Labs too, amended its paternity benefits last month. In addition to five days of paid paternity leave. Fathers-to-be have the option of part-work-from-home after the birth of a child.

This means they have the flexibility to work for four hours at the office and the rest from home, says T Shivaram, head of HR. They can avail of the benefit for a maximum of four calendar weeks and within two months after the child is born, he adds.

Central government employees can avail of up to 15 days paid paternity leave, which can be used within six months from the time of childbirth. HR professionals consider this to be a welcome change. Companies have now started to bring about changes in HR practices. Initially, paternity leave used to be restricted to a few days. But now, companies have become more liberal, says Kamal Karanth, MD, Kelly Services India, and Malaysia.

Extended paternity benefits are being used as retention and engagement tools for male employees, says Padmaja Alaganandan leader of PwC's people and change practice. We’re beginning to see small steps being undertaken in companies aimed at encouraging male employees to shoulder responsibilities at home. This will not only help in changing mindsets internally, but will also contribute to the broader corporate ecosystem.

Sapient has had men take paternity leave after a year when the wife returns from her mother’s place. Sapient has had to mature its policy to accommodate changing trends, says a spokesperson. Employees take a day or two off for the delivery, come back, and then take leave once the wife is back. A lot of the time, employees

Save the leave to take them at regular intervals.

At Infosys, to-be fathers are eligible for paid paternity leave as well as work-from-home options for child care. We believe we need to provide a reasonable amount of flexibility so that employees can take care of personal exigencies as well as be productive at work.

Source: Economic Times

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