Bharti Airtel (‘Airtel’) has improved its parental policy perks for employees as part of its effort to create a diverse and inclusive workplace. In addition to 26 weeks of maternity leave, the Indian communications solutions firm is also paying its returning female employees a special childcare payment of Rs 7,000 per month.
This childcare allowance will be provided to them until the child reaches the age of 18 months. It will be granted even if the child is adopted. “We did so with the goal of developing a more diverse and inclusive workplace.” “We hope that this would encourage more women to continue working at Airtel as they progress through crucial life phases,” says Amrita Padda, Bharti Airtel’s chief people officer.
New mothers can work for up to 24 weeks after maternity leave and return to active work at their own pace. This helps them to spend more time with the new born. But that’s not all. New mothers can also take two additional paid leave days for daycare per quarter.
New fathers who are primary caregivers can take up to eight weeks of paternity leave under the enhanced parental policy. Airtel is proud of “making meaningful innovations that make a mark,” according to Padda. We need to stay ahead of the curve and examine our policies in order to further reinforce our workplace and work practices.”