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28 Dec 2015

Shweta Punj. www.daily.in

Will a six-month maternity leave in India backfire?

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India at the moment does not have the organisational capacity to match the benefits offered to women in East European and Scandinavian countries, where maternity leave extends beyond six months and is matched with paternity leave, but the fact is also that it has a very skewed work ratio and an overwhelming number of women drop out of the workforce every year...Indian companies...are yet to fully embrace the culture of flexible work or recognise the cultural challenges that come from operating in a country like India. They have been painfully slow in adapting to a flexible work culture, and it’s a mindset shift again that companies are trying to come to terms with. Changing lifestyles have not kept pace with the expectations of women. That has largely remained relatively unchanged. There are several perception battles women have to fight as they navigate the workplace and the prospect of staving off a prospective employers’ concern over the cost of a woman employee could be another one on the list.