Swiggy, the home grown food delivery startup has announced a four-day work week for the month of May for the month of May. This decision has been welcomed by the employees at Swiggy, as they face new challenges related to physical and mental stress impacting work productivity.
Jugal Popat, a manager – quality of supply – with Swiggy put it up on social media stating the company announcement.
He wrote, “This move comes as nothing short of a blessing for everyone of us, where every day is a new challenge and the physical/mental stress about the things going on around us, has been in someway overpowering work productivity. I have always felt extremely proud of working here, and this move only deepens the feeling of gratitude towards the company. Thank you Girish Menon (head-HR, Swiggy) for this extra-ordinary step towards employee welfare. This is definitely a landmark decision in the context of work culture in our country. Feeling truly blessed!”
However, it’s not clear whether this 4-day work week is only for corporate employees or also for the delivery team.
Though the social media post received lots of comments from other users, many also questioned and stated that if this scheme did not benefit the delivery executives, this whole initiative was futile.
A user commented, “Will this be extended to delivery partners? If yes, I would appreciate the move! Considering they’ve been on the run, Of course they aren’t doing you any favour it’s the job which demands that. But having an off for head office staff I feel is a bit of an unfair ordeal considering the value chain is dependent on the delivery boys.”
During the same time last year, Swiggy also saw layoff of over 1200 of its employees, as they were forced to do it amid bad situations.
At the same time, it also showed compassion towards the employees who were laid off by extending their ESOP scheme, an ownership plan liquidity programme worth about seven to nine million dollars to them.
Also, in the month of May last year, Swiggy announced a tenure employee benefits programme for employees who have served for three, five, seven and 10 years in the company which included benefits such as experiential gifts, on-time-use long service leave, enhanced encashable leaves and sabbaticals to name a few.
Understanding the needs of their workforce, the company also introduced a childcare and parental leave policy which was extended all genders including LGBTQ employees. As per the policy, not only the biological parents but people who had adopted children were entitled for the benefits.
According the policy, the main caregiver, whether it be adoptive mothers or single parents was allowed to take 26 weeks off from work whereas the secondary caregiver could take 15 days of leave. This would help the parents to continue their career without any hindrance.
Like Swiggy, there are several other companies who are trying to ease the life of employees.
Recently, HCL also announced that it has shifted some amount of workload from India to other geographical areas to reduce stress amongst employees and Khaitan & CO, a corporate law firm also announced a people wellness framework, to promote mental wellness in their workforce.