Tata Teleservices has increased its paid maternity leave to six months joining the list of companies such as Microsoft India, Deloitte and Nestle that made similar announcements earlier this year. The company will also offer an option of working on half day pay basis for the next six months. Richa Tripathi, CHRO, Tata Teleservices said “We firmly believe in equal opportunity for women in the workforce and to that effect we want to support them during their maternity period”
The company has also introduced a comprehensive Mediclaim Policy that includes cover for infertility (IVF) treatment.
In addition to the maternity leave, the company has also instituted the Tata Second Career Internship Programme (SCIP) for Women who want to return to work post their maternity break.”We provide live business projects requiring approximately 500 hours of engagement, spread over 6 months on a flexi-time basis. Assignments under SCIP are short-term and aimed at developing alternative talent pools in traditional/non-traditional formats. All SCIP consultants go through a short induction programme and are provided access to project mentors and HR support. These women consultants then have the option of exploring full-time employment for a relevant position within the company. We’ve seen an encouraging response to this.” Tripathi said
With this line-up of women centric initiatives, the company aims at doubling the strength of the women in workplace. “In line with the group vision, we are committed to promote gender diversity and increasing the number of women employees is a critical area of focus for us and hence, we aim to double our women workforce by 2020 and also having sizeable women leaders in the company. At present, our women :: men ratio is 9.5%.” she added.