Becoming a parent is a feeling like no other. However, such a heart warming feeling brings in a plethora of responsibilities and several adjustments in lifestyle.
It is mandatory by law to grant maternity and paternity leaves to the employees in India. However, HarperCollins India has set a new precedent by granting “Pawternity leave” to its 200 employees.
Starting this year, HarperCollins will be granting five working days Pawternity leaves to those employees who will be adopting pets from shelters. The idea is inspired by maternity and paternity leaves and will encourage responsible adoption of pets from shelters.
Ananth Padmanabhan, Chief Executive Officer of HCI, commented,
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At HarperCollins we want the very best of work-life balance for our colleagues, and that includes being mindful about their family needs. Pet children need as much attention [as human children], if not more. We don’t want colleagues to worry about the number of leaves they have before deciding to start a family.
Additionally, the employees who are unable to leave pets at home will be allowed to bring them to their Noida office. This will ensure a healthier personal-professional life balance of the employees and will increase their productivity.
Manjula Sreekumaran, Head of HR at HCI, explained,
We are always thinking of ways to make HarperCollins the best place to work for, in every respect. In fact, in the UK, we just won an award for diversity in the work place.
Several employees have gone ahead and adopted pets from shelters and the first one to do so, Subhashree Das, added,
It felt great not just to know that the concept of pawternity leave exists, but also that HarperCollins is implementing it. I became the first employee to experience it, and it allowed me to be there for Luna, when we got her, without feeling torn or worried about work. It was such a comfort.
This new step will not only ensure a healthier working environment and yield better results, but will also encourage healthy adoption thereby taking some pressure off from animal shelters in the city.