Ratul Puri, Saurabh Nigam, Abdul Jaleel and Kameshwari Rao on Maternity Leaves at HPPPL,

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The Chairman of HPPPL, Ratul Puri considers this initiative helpful in decreasing the dropout rate of expecting mothers and boost the breastfeeding the infants for 6 months The Federal Government is taking such steps that nobody even thought to initiate before. Meneka Gandhi’s announcement to increase the maternity leaves from 12 weeks to 26 weeks in the private sector, is a step towards a better Nation, where the men-women ratio is maintained.
This announcement has been embraced very well by the industrialists like Ratul Puri, Saurabh Nigam, Abdul Jaleel, Kameshwari Rao to name a few.
The Chairman of HPPPL, Ratul Puri considers this initiative helpful in decreasing the dropout rate of expecting mothers and boost the breastfeeding the infants for 6 months, which is already a health concerning initiative of the government.
Snapdeal, Adobe and Sapient India have already adopted this module in their HR policies. The vice president for HR at Snapdeal, Saurabh Nigam mentions that the company has observed the number of women rejoining their jobs after having a baby has increased after they introduced this policy. Snapdeal has additionally introduced a 12 weeks’ maternity leave for adoptive mothers to ensure a smooth transition of mothers rejoining the workforce.
Adobe increased the maternity leave duration up to 26 weeks, not only for the birth but adoptive mothers as well. The software specialist took one more step than other MNCs by increasing the paid paternity leave duration to 2 weeks. The VP for people resources in India at Adobe, Abdul Jaleel believes that these initiatives help the companies to retain the number of loyal and engaged employees.
VP of people strategy at Sapient India, Kameshwari Rao specifies how the company has appointed senior women employees for the women who join back after their maternity break. The senior advices the new mother to maintain a balance between the responsibilities of a baby and adapting to changes in work. Rao calls it more like a buddy programme.
Ratul Puri highlights how maternity leaves are not any loss to the company; rather it’s a long-term investment to improve the workforce stability at the organisation. Ratul Puri shows his concern that women pick up their work at a faster pace than the expectations. So it becomes the Company’s responsibility to look after their needs and comfort level.

Last modified: January 15, 2016

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