As part of its attempt to build a diverse and inclusive workplace, Bharti Airtel (‘Airtel’), has upgraded its parental policy benefits for employees.
The Indian communications solutions provider is now offering its women employees returning to work special childcare allowance of Rs 7,000 per month, in addition to 26 weeks of maternity leave.
This childcare allowance will be given to them till the child turns 18 months old. It will be given even in case of adoption.
“We have done this with a clear focus on becoming a more diverse & inclusive workplace. We hope this will encourage more women to continue pursuing their careers at Airtel as they move thorough important life stages in their lives,” says Amrita Padda, chief people officer, Bharti Airtel.
Post maternity leave, new mothers can take up to 24 weeks of flexible working and get back to active work at their own pace. This helps them spend quality time with the new born. That is not all. New mothers can also avail two additional paid leaves every quarter for childcare.
The enhanced parental policy also offers up to eight weeks of paternity leave for new fathers who are primary care givers.
Padda reiterates how Airtel is proud of “creating impactful innovations that make a mark. In our endeavor to strengthen our workplace and work practices further, we need to stay ahead of the curve and revisit our policies”.