Following in the footsteps of Facebook, Intel, and other IT companies, Flipkart has also allowed its 12,000-strong workforce to work from home till May 2021. Realising that the threat of infection is still very much there and is not going to disappear any time soon, employees have been told to visit the workplace only if necessary. Also, in case a family member of an employee dies, the bereaved employee can take as much time away from work as required to recover from the loss.
The employees who have been working from office on rotational basis, as per a planned schedule, will continue to do so while following all the protocols. The Company ensures enough breaks to the limited staff working from office and a mandatory one-hour lunch break, which is free of meetings.
Any staff member who tests positive for COVID-19 will be allowed to take 28 days of paid leave, even if they do not require hospitalisation. It is hoped that these policies will go a long way in ensuring the physical and mental health of the workforce, and help them balance their domestic and professional lives.
Additionally, employees are encouraged to take one day off every month, or stop work early on Fridays to rest, relax and pursue hobbies. The Company had shared with HRKatha in September that it had revisited the coverage of insurance schemes and added additional benefits to shield its employees and delivery partners from the impact of the ongoing pandemic.
E-commerce companies, such as Flipkart, have witnessed a surge in demand and business during the pandemic, with more people resorting to shopping online.