SPECIAL CATEGORY AWARDS WINNERS: BEST COMPANY FOR WORK-LIFE BALANCE
Intel India reimburses 100% of the course fees incurred by employees and even encourages them to take time off during exam schedules
Qualcomm's Q-Flex policy is designed to provideemployees with flexible work schedules, alternative work schedules, or telecommuting options
Intel Technology India Pvt. Ltd.
Work-life effectiveness at Intel India includes organizational practices, policies, and programs that understand employee’s life needs and meet those needs. Various initiatives are undertaken to enhance the work-life balance for employees such as flexible working options including telecommuting, broadband facility at home based on official need, part-time work options and a rich leave program that includes annual leave, short / long term medical leave, maternity / paternity leave, adoption leave, special days off, etc. The Intel India sites across all locations are open 24 hours and employees have the flexibility to work or utilize the site facilities according to their convenience. Offices are equipped with various facilities like onsite gym, Clinic, ATM, Mother’s Room, concierge services, games room, basket ball, volley ball and tennis courts, flexi cubes, cafes, shuttle services throughout the day, convenience store, onsite fruit and vegetable market, etc., and other such facilities that make life much easier for Intel India employees!
Career progression is one of the key areas for it ensures that right focus is in place to arrive at opportunities for employees for their development. Every year, an employee development framework is rolled out addressing the top employee’s development needs at site. The framework offers training opportunities, education options as well as platform for employees to know more to contextualize their careers. Employees are encouraged to take up these opportunities based on their interests. Conversations with managers closely follow these opportunities to ensure action on the ground. Employees are also encouraged to take up part-time higher education programs in order to develop their skills and competencies. Intel India reimburses 100% of the course fees incurred by employees and even encourages them to take time off during exam schedules.
Intelenet Global Services
In an endeavor to incorporate a ‘Fun at Work’ culture, Intelenet Global fosters an environment that encourages team building ‘fun’ activities in developing an employee base that is involved in the organization as well as in their individual processes. Intelenet organizes events called ‘Friday Dhamal’ which features contests like face painting, arm wrestling, carom contests, housie, table tennis, cricket, etc. The company propagates initiatives to maintain work-life balance through mail masters, intranet, posters, flex banners, kiosks, plasma screens, etc., across all sites. Senior management also actively participates in cricket tournaments organized during the Employee Appreciation Program (EAP), which is a 2-week fun-filled event aimed at recognizing and appreciating employees.
Initiatives such as I-Belong, provide an opportunity for the employees’ family (parents, siblings, partners and kids) to familiarize themselves with the relative’s workplace. ‘Family Day’, a day-long event, actively engages families and employees through contests, events, and entertainment and provides a platform to engage, bond and familiarize with Intelenet. In addition, the company provides opportunities to employees to learn while they earn. This enables an MBA with ICFAI through a scheme of educational assistance. Other benefits include A la Concierge Desk, which has tied up with service providers to facilitate some of the basic household needs such as bill payments; air and rail ticketing services; fully equipped in-house gymnasium with trained gym instructors; sessions on diet, food and nutrition coupled with lessons on physical exercises and aerobics; yoga classes being conducted twice a week; dietician and fitness counseling; indoor games such as table-tennis, carom board to help them re-energize even while at work.
Qualcomm India Pvt. Ltd.
Qualcomm India recognizes that being sensitive to employee needs and preferences is a valuable benefit that can boost retention and their well being. Qualcomm’s Q-Flex policy is designed to provide employees with flexible work schedules, alternative work schedules, or telecommuting options. This benefit serves employees with family obligations such as young children or elderly parents. The company is committed to promote positive mental and emotional wellness of its employees. Through its Employee Assistance Program (EAP), employees and their eligible dependants receive free counseling from licensed or certified professionals at all locations. Additionally, employees can call a 24-hour toll-free number for assistance with any personal issue.
QMastee is an employee led ‘fun@work’ initiative at Qualcomm India. As part of this initiative, employees may go bowling or for movies or get together for a game of Pictionary. Some spirited employees have even enlisted their colleagues to participate in crazy (and hilarious!) competitions like dough kneading, chakli making and cake decoration. QMastee also celebrates festivals like Diwali, Id, Christmas, etc., with other fun events. In 2009, for Christmas, the team dressed to the occasion with Santa hats and played a game of White Elephant in which participants exchanged gifts. At other times, the team also has ‘pot luck lunches’ where all members bring a special food item and everyone enjoys an excellent meal. The QLife Health Life community provides health education workshops that help employees learn about, and practice, healthy habits. QLife is also integral to the ongoing development of onsite fitness centers and recreation areas. Fitness centers, which are open 24x7, features the latest state-of-the-art fitness equipment and offer both group exercises and personal training. Some centers even offer specialized exercise classes in aerobics and yoga.