Bharti Airtel, India’s premier communications solutions provider, has significantly enhanced its parental policy benefits for employees in line with its endeavour to build a diverse and inclusive workplace.
In addition to 26 weeks of maternity leave, women employees returning to work will get a special childcare allowance of INR 7000 per month till the child turns 18 months old. The special allowance will also be applicable in case of adoption.
Post maternity leave, new mothers can also opt for up to 24 weeks of flexible working in order to get back to work at their own pace and devote ample time at home to the newborn. The Company will also provide two additional paid leaves per quarter for childcare to new mothers.
Airtel’s upgraded parental policy also offers up to eight weeks of paternity leave for new fathers who are primary caregivers.
Speaking about the policy upgrade, Amrita Padda, Chief People Officer, Bharti Airtel said, “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 through important life stages in their lives.”
Padda further added that in their endeavour to strengthen the workplace and work practices further, they need to stay ahead of the curve and revisit the policies.