Facebook announces PAID Paternity Leave for 4 months


The social media giant, Facebook has taken an initiative to engage the men employees who are going to be the proud father. The company has announced a paternity leave for PAID 4 months effective from January 2016 across the globe. This engagement practice will give the new dads to be more supportive at home shouldering their responsibility equally with their spouse and the child.

In western countries extended paternity leave provision is a culture. An Italian employee can avail 13 weeks of leave with 80 percent pay. Similarly a Swedish employee can take for 8 weeks. In Norway, it is 45 weeks with 80 percent pay, followed by in Canada with 35 weeks of leave with 55 percent pay.

Some of the companies in Western countries with extended paternity leaves are Bank of America: 12 weeks; Yahoo: eight weeks; Google: seven weeks; Twitter: six weeks; Microsoft: four weeks; Trip Advisor: four weeks; PricewaterhouseCoopers: three weeks and Deloitte: three weeks.

In India, Godrej provides 2 weeks of paternity leave from 2015. In fact SAP Labs has started the option of flexible timing and work from work option for the new fathers in addition to the 5 days of paternity leave. The Central government employees can avail the facility of paid paternity leave of up to 15 days. Some companies allow employees to take the paternity leave in intervals. For e.g. Sapient has a policy that the men employees take a few days of leave after the delivery followed by again some days of leave when required at home. Not only this, they can even take a break of 2 hours between their works too. Even organizations like Citi encourage employees to take 3- 6 months of flexible work time options after the delivery.
Extended paternity benefits have been utilized as big tool for retaining and engaging the male employees


NO ATTENDANCE TRACKING SYSTEM – A road to Employee Engagement

There are two organizations in India which does not have an attendance system as a part of their Human Resource Policy. Hence their employee’s presence or absence in campus is not monitored by any attendance system.

First organisation is SAP Labs India which has more than 5000 employees in India spread across various campuses. Although the organisation is spread across with a large number of employees yet it does not have a system of recording or monitoring the attendance time in and out. This clearly reflects a message to all employees regarding the faith that the organisation has on the employees and considers them as responsible employees. In fact, this system has helped to build a culture of trust and bonding of the employees with the organisation. The record shows that till date the number of misuse case of this system is zero.

The second organisation is Icertis, a mid size technology oriented company based at Pune also does not track their employees attendance. But at the same time the employees are expected to be present between 10:30 AM and 3- 4 PM which is considered the core working hours. Keeping this central time of working, employees can choose their free time to come and go.

Such practices help employees to maintain a healthy work life balance, provide satisfaction to the employees and engage them towards their job and the organisation.

SAP LAB’s Social Sabbatical Program – Unique way to Leadership Development

Recently according to a survey, it was identified that 84 percent of GEN Y care about making a positive difference in the world than workplace recognition.

This indicates that it’s time to fundamentally rethink the established approach to talent strategies. Organizations are dedicating considerable resources to promote employees to undertake paid social sabbaticals

Looking at this, SAP started Social Sabbatical program, which sends high-performing employees into emerging economies such as South Africa, India, Brazil, and China. During these assignments, employees support entrepreneurs, NGOs, and government agencies, with the aim of positively impacting the regions economically and socially; they also gain a better understanding of how to effectively operate in these geographies. Employees leave the daily routine of their jobs to spend a month with a host client.

In India, 21 employees from SAP labs deployed themselves with nonprofits across Northeast States. Some employees imparted corporate skills that helped villages create a comprehensive education programme, make optimum use of natural resources for fishery and animal husbandry and sustain traditional weaving. Others provided need based skills like project, legal and people management.

SAP Labs offers sabbaticals from 3 months to two years. Employees who have been continuously employed at SAP Labs for five years can opt for sabbaticals.

Infosys employees volunteer with charitable, governmental or para-governmental organisations in public interest areas. Employees are eligible for a fellowship from the company based on their role, and they get time off from their normal work schedule for a minimum of six months and a maximum of one year.

Infosys’ Community Empathy Policy allows employees to be involved in community development projects while receiving monetary support. They can come back to normal work schedules after completing projects of upto a year.

These community-based initiatives equip employees with unique leadership development opportunities and encourages experiential learning which infuses future executives with the type of creativity they need to problem-solve in an entrepreneurial setting.