Childcare for employees

 

Over 90 per cent of the women at IT consultancy firm Mindtree return to work as soon as their maternity leave ends and about 87 per cent are still with the firm when their child has turned one.

That’s because Mindtree is going out of the way to support the childcare needs of its employees, by offering employees of both genders, subsidised workplace childcare, the option of bring-your-child-to-work, extended parental leave, the option to work from home, and support for women who are pregnant or dealing with new parenthood.

Gender Specialist at the International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank Group, Roshika Singh, says Mindtree’s employee return and retention numbers are significant because women’s participation in formal work sectors in India is even lower than sub-Saharan countries.

According to a World Bank report, the women’s labour force participation declined from 34 percent in 2000 to about 27 per cent in just 13 years due to pressure on women (because of gendered cultural norms) to stop working outside the home once they have a baby.