Pernord Ricard India has announced that its employees can work from anywhere they wish to. They can choose to work from office or home, whichever suits them. The Company is also willing to allow employees to work out of a co-working space, if they so wish, provided all the COVID-19 safety protocols are followed.
To accomplish this kind of flexibility, the Company has tied up with partners in Delhi and Gurgaon. Employees can book their slots using a mobile application and start working from co-working spaces. Pernod Ricard has resumed its offices at all locations but has given its employees the flexibility to work from anywhere so that they can avoid the fatigue arising from long commutes and also save on commute time.
As of now, the Company has only allowed 25 per cent of its employees to return to office at each location. This capacity will be gradually increased depending on the COVID situation. Presently, only the employees who are vaccinated are allowed to avail the co-working space facility. Of course, those who wish to work from home are allowed to do so.
According to Shrikant Lonikar, CHRO, Pernod Ricard India, the hybrid model will provide employees the flexibility and convenience required to deal with the challenges that come with the work-from-home model, and also give them a chance to escape the monotony, relax and also increase their efficiency.
The Company realises that too much of remote working is impacting the mental wellbeing of its employees and employees are missing real-time conversations with colleagues. Therefore, to ensure the mental well-being of its employees, the Company has initiated a movement called digital fasting on alternate Wednesdays of the month. On these days there are no calls, meetings or mails before 9 a.m. or after 6 p.m. There are dedicated Lunch hours between 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. daily with no interruptions in the form of meetings or calls.