Flexi-work favored by Indian women employees

Ms. T had been working with ICICI Bank for four years. But now, it was time to say goodbye as she was ready to raise a family and she could not stick to a time regime due to a more demanding regime of motherhood. But her seniors at ICICI had a better idea. They allowed her to work flexi-hours and also remotely. T could keep her job and ICICI did not lose a good resource.

ICICI says they have sensitized our HR policy to make sure that they don’t let a good resource leave the chain due to problems that can be worked around. Women have proved to be good assets for ICICI which is an equal opportunity company and they decided that they could allow them to work flexi-hours when they had personal demands to be met.

In fact, flexi-work option is one of the best perks now being offered by MNCs, especially to the female employees. With rising attrition rate, companies have started offering flexible work option to strike a healthy work life balance for employees and keep talent.
In flexi work option, an employee can easily maintain balance between the professional and personal commitments. Employee gets enough time to spend with the family as well as do office work with full dedication. A Director with Oracle India opted for flexible work option after maternity and this helped her in pursuing both her duties seriously, without giving up on her career. It helps her spend quality time with her son in the evenings and catch up on work after the child sleeps at night.

Employee-friendly policies help in attracting and retaining top talent and critical resources. This even helps in improving employee productivity. There are various flexible option offered by HR like flexi-time, part-time, work from home, reduced work hours, work from other locations for short duration depending on the operations. This has shown a rise in productivity and confidence in women employees.

A typical Indian household still revolves around women and they are expected to keep hearth even if they are busier of the two partners. For such women, flexi work option can be a blessing in disguise. They are able to focus on both professional as well as personal front.

On productivity gains through flexi-timing, opinions differ. Some companies believe that allowing people to work from home messes up their priorities as they switch from personal to professional chores. T denied the argument and says she is devoting more time to the job and her productivity has certainly gone up. A person who follows a disciplined approach to work in office will be as responsible towards his duty while working remotely.

By working flexi hours, the employee can concentrate better and be more productive. After opting for flexible work option for sometime, employees always have the option to get back to normal schedule as and when they feel comfortable. Companies agree that this offer has not only helped the employees but it has also helped them to cut the HR cost and administrative overheads.

Flextime is a plan whereby employees’ workdays are built around a core of mid day hours, such as 11.00 am to 2.00 pm. Workers determine their own starting and stopping hours. For example, they may opt to work from 7.00am to 3.00pm or from 11.00am to 7.00 pm. The number of employees in formal flextime programs from 4% of operators to 17% of executive employees doesn’t tell the whole story. Many more employees, about 46%, actually take advantage of informal flexible work schedules.

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