Orient Electric Limited, part of the diversified USD 2.4 billion CK Birla Group, has introduced menstrual leaves for its women employees as part of its commitment to building a more diverse and inclusive work culture. With this announcement, Orient Electric joins the list of a select few Indian companies to have introduced period leaves.
Commenting on this initiative, Aditya Kohli, CHRO, Orient Electric said, “We believe that a more diverse and inclusive workforce with more women in the right roles creates an environment that is critical to our long-term business success. In line with this, we conduct regular Women Connect sessions wherein we listen to the experiences and expectations of our women workforce and one key discussion area emerging out of this has been menstrual health and hygiene.
Given this background, we are happy to introduce a monthly menstrual leave for our women employees. We believe women should not feel ashamed or stigmatized when discussing menstrual health or applying for period leaves. Besides this, we have other policies and programs that focus on women’s health and safety and their equal representation in the workplace. We are also increasingly aware of unconscious workplace bias and so we conduct regular organisation-wide sessions to raise awareness and understanding of bias and its impact. Our aim is to foster a conducive environment which allows everyone to feel accepted, valued, and included.”
Orient Electric is a ‘Great Place to Work certified company, retaining the status for three years in a row, which endorses the ever-increasing trust and confidence of the large employee pool in the company’s strong and committed management practices and its transparency in being a people-centric organisation.