Women employees can also request three months of work from home on a need basis in the last trimester, potentially extending the cumulative period of working from home to up to 21 months.
Citibank India has launched a new employee benefit, whereby women employees can now request to work from home (WFH) for a period of up to 12 months at the end of their maternity leave of 26 weeks.
To add on, a woman employee can request three months of work from home on a need basis in the last trimester of pregnancy, subject to review and approvals. This potentially extends the cumulative period of working from home to up to 21 months for expecting/new mothers.
Citi India is keen to kick off this maternity-linked WFH initiative in response to the Government of India’s advisory, thereby making it a rule for the benefit of new mothers to successfully balance their family and career.
Citi India & South Asia, Chief Human Resources Officer, Aditya Mittal, commented: “We are delighted to pioneer this for our women colleagues across the Citi India franchise.
"Most studies on women participation in the workforce suggest that women tend to drop out or take a long break in their employment during this stage which impacts their careers and eventually the percentage of women at senior levels in organisations. This is a big and timely step to ensure we retain women talent and support their career aspirations when they need it the most. Hopefully, this will encourage more industry initiatives to implement the Government’s vision."
With Citi India's having close to 30,000 employees, of which 38% comprise women, this initiative is expected to not only benefit them, but also augment the company's 30% representation rate of women at mid-senior/senior positions.
Some of the other steps Citi as a group has taken include disclosing its unadjusted, or 'raw' pay gaps for both women and U.S minorities, as well as implementing a flexible working model.
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