Scaler, the tech upskilling startup, has given paid time off to all its employees across the organisation, from 25 December to 2 January, so that they can rest, relax and celebrate Christmas and New Year. This is the Company’s way of ensuring work-life balance for its 700-strong workforce amidst the high-pressure work environment that is characteristic to startups.
The Company has set aside a budget of Rs 5 crore for employee benefits, engagement efforts, culture-building activities and learning and development (L&D) for 2022, to ensure employee engagement, competency and confidence amongst the employees.
With 33 per cent of the Scaler workforce comprising women, the startup believes in offering equal opportunities to women tech professionals.
Under its POSH policy, the Company sensitises and enlightens its leadership on ways to create a safe work environment for women, bereft of harassment of any kind. It organises programmes for new managers to help them settle in and essay their roles effectively.
To create an atmosphere of fun, the Company organises various activities across art, crafts, music, cooking, as well as meme contests. Meditation and yoga sessions help employees unwind. Additionally, employees have access to online counselling and emotional support to promote mental wellbeing.
Scaler also presents birthday hampers, work anniversary gifts, and so on to commemorate important personal milestones such as weddings, parenthood and so on. It aims to ensure that every employee feels included and motivated.
The top performers at Scaler are given employee stock options (ESOPs), bonuses, promotions, increments as well as perks in the form of tabs, fitness watches, KTM bikes, and so on.
Not surprisingly, these initiatives ensure a low attrition rate, which has been just over four per cent over the last two years.
Among the positive outcomes of Scaler’s employee-centric initiatives is their low attrition rate, at just 4% over the last two years. The Company is looking at doubling its headcount from 700 to 1,400 next year. The teams in sales (B2C) and careers (B2B) will also expand and there will be an increase in the number of instructors as well.
Believing that “a business is only as good as its people, Abhimanyu Saxena, co-founder, Scaler, reveals, “at Scaler, we endeavour to provide a holistic learning and growth experience to all our employees, which takes a comprehensive view of professional and personal development”.
Saxena shares that the Company hires “some of the best in the field to work with us” and ensures that “their journey is satisfying and rewarding”.
Launched in 2019, Scaler focuses on upskilling tech enthusiasts. The edtech startup managed to raise US$20 million in Series-A Funding from investors, such as Sequoia Capital, Tiger Global and Rocket Internet, among others, in January 2020. The platform has 1000+ mentors/teaching assistants working to bridge the tech talent gap in India. It has over 8,500 learners benefitting from its educational programmes till date.