Being a 'happy' place to work has become important for companies. No wonder then that workplaces today offer much more than good salaries, all in the name of attracting talent and increasing productivity WHAT IF you got an extended maternity leave that goes beyond the mandatory three months? Leave that allows you to be away from work for six months, gives you an additional four months of ‘flexi-working’ hours with full pay, and, if you still need more time, a one-year career break without pay? Also, what if you were told that you could work from home, if required, and avail of a ‘no swipe-in/swipe-out’ attendance system? Corporate HR departments of ‘new-age workplace’ companies are developing various ways—like compulsory yoga sessions every week with a potluck event accompanied by music and dance thrown in; free movie tickets for Friday nights; reimbursement to play your musical instrument in office; boot camps part-sponsored by office; online gifting and delivery options for near and dear ones—to keep their employees in high spirits.

The key here is the large pool of young talent that the country has and also the resultant low job loyalty and large-scale job shifts that companies are experiencing. “Young people love to work in a quirky environment and such innovative HR policies are vital to engage and retain the young working population and foster a fun work culture. This also rejuvenates employees and gives them a reason to go that extra mile at work, leading to high performance,” explains Moorthy K Uppaluri, MD and CEO of Randstad India, an HR consulting firm headquartered in Diemen, Netherlands. 

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