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HPE introduces 26 weeks' parental leave, plans to increase headcount by 20% in India

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has extended its 26 weeks' paid parental leave to benefit new parents, following the birth or adoption of a child in India.

Additionally, employees in the country will receive further benefits designed to improve work-life balance, in line with a global roll-out announced in April this year, the company announced in a press release yesterday (22 August).

This benefits package falls in line with HPE's plans to increase its Indian headcount by 20% over the next three to five years, with a focus on engineering talent in the areas of AI, networking and more.

Along with this, the company has further plans to extend its campus in Bengaluru, to house more than 10,000 employees and RD& facilities.

The scope of these benefits

Support for employees with families

Under the expanded parental leave scheme, eligibility extends to parents who have had children born or adopted on or after 1 May 2019.

Apart from this, HPE is also expanding its daycare coverage across its various Indian offices, and will cover children aged two to three years old.

Support for employees transiting into new parental roles

Following the birth or adoption of a child, the company now offers new parents the option to work part-time for three years.

Career 'reboot' programme

In support of employees who have not been working for an extended period of time, for instance stay-home parents, HPE will offer job opportunities to ease their return to the workforce.

Health and wellness benefits

Effective 1 June this year, HPE encourages all staff to end work three hours early on one Friday per month, in efforts to get them to focus on their physical and emotional health/ spend time on personal or career development; or volunteer for a cause.

Further, an updated health screening programme will include external premier hospitals, more screening tests , and an additional cancer screening programme for woman employees.

Lastly, effective 1 November 2019, employees will receive a wider life insurance coverage with twice the current annual compensation. Employees and their dependents will receive an increased coverage of Rs 400,000 (approximately S$7,700), up from Rs 300,000, and will cover any pre-existing medical conditions.

Commenting on these, Ramendrajit Sen, Vice President, Human Resources, HPE India, said: "As this competitive benefits package shows, HPE's working culture values employees' lives both inside and outside of the office."

He added: "By focusing on wellness we are able to provide a working environment where staff are able to develop and thrive."

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