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SPN India goes women-friendly at work

To encourage working mothers and expectant mothers, the network has brought in women-friendly rules to make the workplace more comfortable for them

BestMediaInfo Bureau | Mumbai | May 20, 2016


Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) has introduced new initiatives to make the company more women-friendly. The network recently announced a favourable amendment to its maternity leave policy with an increase in the quantum of paid maternity leave, coupled with additional benefits for new and expectant mothers in the company.

This maternity policy will benefit women employees in the event of childbirth, surrogacy or adoption, while employed with the company.

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NP Singh, CEO, Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN), said, “We are proud of our work culture and practices that encourage and foster diversity. It is our constant endeavour to be an organisation which takes care of its people and provides a conducive environment which inspires them to realize their full potential. Women form an integral part of our workforce. Our policies are geared towards encouraging women at SPN to develop their careers and essay leadership roles while playing a key part in supporting their families.”

The duration of paid maternity leave has been increased from 12 weeks to six months (180 calendar days). The maternity leave period may start from up to six weeks prior to the expected date of delivery and in the case of adoption or surrogacy; it starts from the date of adoption or surrogacy delivery date. To ensure that expectant and new mothers are taken special care of while working at the office premises, expectant mothers who self-drive, are given priority parking at office locations in Mumbai, Gurgaon and Bengaluru.

SPN has also made special provision for a ‘Mothers’ Room’, where a new mother can pump and store milk for her baby while at work. The room is equipped with a refrigerator and has all other necessary amenities to maintain hygiene.

Smriti K Singh, Chief Human Resources Officer, SPN, said, “Talent, culture and engagement are key elements of our people philosophy. At SPN, we recognize that when employees develop a strong connect with the organization, they contribute more, which positively impacts business results. We take a holistic approach to engagement and are continuously evolving our initiatives to attract, develop and retain the best talent.”

SPN’s ratio of female employees to the overall employee population was 32.2 per cent during the last fiscal year (2015-16). The company has always aimed to empower its women employees and nurture high potential female leaders in the organisation, and is committed to maintaining a flexible work environment for its women employees.

The company also has a paternity policy applicable for its male employees for a period of five working days or 84 calendar days in case of a single male parent (in the case of adoption).

SPN was ranked amongst the top 3 organisations in Corporate India on health and wellness and was the recipient of the SHRM award in 2015.


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