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Work Balance

  1. 1. Employers helping staff to balance work and personal life BANGALORE: Every Wednesday and Thursday, the Intel office in Bangalore sees an unusual visitor. A vegetable vendor strolls in with his cart of wares specifically asked for by the Intel employees in order to escape persecution from their spouses for not fulfilling homely chores. Employees send their requests via email to a central desk which, in turn, passes them to the vendor. The vegetables are packed and can be collected by the employee anytime before leaving for the day. “It saves me from any trouble on the home front,” exclaimed Praveen Vishakantaiah, president, Intel India. Intel belongs to the growing tribe of companies that are lending a hand to ease out the inconveniences of daily chores for their employees. Employees may bring their children to office
  2. 2. Those that cannot bring in new policies are bending the rules for the sake of their employees even if it is for just one day. MphasiS is one such firm. The all-India strike on July 5 saw many companies shutting shop and declaring the next Saturday as a working day to compensate for the day lost. “Realising that working parents would be at their wit’s end as to where to keep their children on a weekend, MphasiS allowed employees to bring along their children to office as long as they could look after their security,” said Elango R, HR head for the firm. While employees indeed benefit from such moves, it is ensured that they do not come late to work or leave early consistently, citing domestic reasons. For the companies, it means more staff time at the workplace. Examples abound of this trend. Online tutorials for employees' children At Intel, there are online tutorials in Maths, English and Science for employees’ children. Employees are given a password and can refer to the tutorial any time of the day for help. At Google, the employees’ routes are arranged such that they can drop their children off to play schools arranged by the company and pick them up too. Jayashri Ramamurti, head of people operations, engineering and product, Google India, said, “Even if the employee gets delayed due to work, the company informs the play school about the delay so that the child is looked after beyond the regular hours.” Some firms are even sending their employees for sessions to perfect the juggle between work and life beyond work Programmes to help staff overcome stress
  3. 3. One such place in Asia Plateau in Panchgani, where employees, along with their spouses, go through programmes that help them overcome stress at work and in their personal lives. Darshan MVD, co-ordinator for industrial programmes and promotions at Asia Plateau, said, “Companies that send their employees for effective living and leadership programmes include Tata Motors, Kirloskar Group, Grasim Industries, Aditya Birla Group and SKF, among others.” Companies, too, do not seem to mind the Rs 8000- per candidate that Asia Plateau charges for the programmes. Getting the right balance surely does not come easy.