Microsoft India has joined the league of companies which have increased maternity leave for their women employees. From February 1, women employees in the company will be eligible for maternity leave of 6 months.
People in India, as well elsewhere, need to say thanks more often. Whether for a job done as responsibility or as a favour, how does a plain thank you hurt everyone? A salary doesn’t mean an entitlement for being ungrateful.
People in general have a lot of grudges against their employers. Most conversations are peppered with laments, gossip or plain hatred against your boss, awful colleagues or a sucky work culture. However, more often that not, the employees, are not exactly a picture of everything that’s right, bright and ethical. There are many ways employers are also wronged by the employees, than just vice versa.
In an age where discussions about sexism at the workplace are rampant, there’s a different kind of sexism at play, and one that doesn’t get talked about enough. Female only jobs. Why in this day and age are employers actively looking for women for certain jobs, thus promoting the stereotypes?
It’s a reason to rejoice for women employees who are planning to have a baby. The union government is set to increase the maternity leave for women employed in private firms from the existing 12 weeks to 26 weeks.
Jobs and people have a love and hate relationship. You need them to earn your bread and live a respectable life, but at the same time, they can be your biggest enemies. Stress, lack of time for pursuing your passion, draconian office rules etc. can often make people hate their jobs. While the reason to hate a job is highly subjective, there are some common triggers or patterns that establish some of the most common ones. On a thread on social opinion website Reddit, people were asked why they hated their jobs, and these were the top reasons.
Google being Google, world’s biggest tech giant, and a cash-rich company whose employee-friendly culture is universally celebrated and lauded does Christmas in style. Not only does Google go out in decking up its campuses around the globe and dissing up Christmas special fare to its 30,000 employees, it plays the biggest Santa every Christmas.
Google employees around the world get a gift, called the Holiday gift every year during Christmas. These are no ordinary gifts, a box of chocolates or a little gadget! We have a roundup of all the gifts Google’s showered on its employees.
As a first reaction, office gossip may be looked down upon by the management. However, there is a view that it may not be altogether bad for the organisation. Various researches have pointed out that office gossip forges connections, builds trust, helps learning unwritten social norms and offers a way of comparing ourselves with others.
A five-day week is now common among the organized working class in offices. However, with greater focus on a work-life balance, voices for a four-day workweek are increasingly been heard.
As one of the biggest and most auspicious festivals in India, Diwali has a huge significance as far as workplace celebrations go. Most companies decorate the office and distribute sweets and gifts to the employees. Some even go as far as conducting ethinic day, Diwali-themed activities, a feast, the works.
Here’s a roundup of the diwali festivities at some of the Indian companies, each unique and interesting in their own way, on the last working day before Diwali.