New Delhi: “You have to be a place that’s more than a wage for people,” someone stated. And it’s absolutely true. The best workplaces take a look at other industries to determine what benefits employees and what doesn’t, then apply these best practises internally. Here are some workplace customs from other countries that Indian businesses should also adopt.
1. Noontime Siesta:
Who wouldn’t want to just… take a nap while they are burritoed in their bed, working from home, and it is a June afternoon? If only we could stop receiving so many notifications from our office! Spaniards can, I guess. Even if it is decreasing daily, they have a culture of siestas or afternoon naps. Not only in Spain, but also frequently practised and even encouraged in Japan are midday naps. We also need some afternoon naps.
2. Workweek of four days:
The shift to a four-day workweek is happening in several nations, and workers couldn’t be more pleased. Eight nations, including the UAE, Japan, and Belgium, have so far followed this approach and have witnessed a startling increase in output. Giving workers a better work-life balance will only boost their output, which could be a good thing in a nation like India where overworking is viewed negatively.
3. Period Leaves:
Even though some employers allow for period leaves, taking them is still frowned upon because it makes women less productive than their male counterparts. Workplaces in India can begin to offer period leaves and de-stigmatize taking them.
4. Putting skills above a school’s name:
Sadly, the majority of Indian businesses still prioritise a candidate’s background over the potential heights they may help the business reach. A student from a tier-2 or tier-3 institution won’t even get the chance to interview to present their skills because their colleges are given preference. This practise needs to change immediately.