Ketika is the co founder and CEO of ProEves a gender diversity solutions organization. She has 10+ years of corporate experience across various HR areas and has managed more than 100 clients across FMCG, Banking, Retail, Pharma, Hotels, Manufacturing in her last role.
Using technology to support line manager, providing regular resource updates to help the line manager understand the diversity cause/actions, Involving and recognizing line managers who walk the talk on diversity flexibility and inclusion will help move the needle.
A very clear trend is that Indian working mothers do want to join back after maternity leave but uncertainties, lack of childcare alternatives and performance/expectation biases influence them into either an exit or a sabbatical mode.
The new bill on amending the Maternity Benefits Act, 1961 which extends maternity leave to 26 weeks, mandatory crche facility for establishment where no of workers exceeds 50 and option of work from home for nursing mom, companies need to understand the key steps involved in providing a childcare support benefit for its employees.