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Urban Company introduces unlimited mental health leave policy for employees

Urban Company introduced an initiative under which employees can take unlimited sick leaves in case they are suffering from any form of mental or physical illness

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Urban Company on Wednesday introduced an initiative under which employees can take unlimited sick leaves in case they are suffering from any form of mental or physical illness.

The tech-enabled home services company announced its leave policy, ahead of the World Day on October 10.

"Under this employee-centric initiative, employees will be allowed to take unlimited sick leaves in case they are suffering from any form of mental or physical illness, particularly if the patient has contracted COVID-19," a company release said.

Further, the company has partnered with mental wellness platform, iWill to make consultation from leading Indian psychologists accessible to its employees.

Any employee who wants to avail the service would have to register on iWill, and thereafter, would be connected with a leading psychologist who will address the psychological challenges faced by the employee. The complete consultation would be paid by the firm, Urban Company said.

These are anxiety-prone and sensitive times. Mental health is one aspect of human well-being, about which people have very little understanding in not only identifying the symptoms but also in helping another person suffering from it," said Suhail Vadgaokar, Director HR at Urban Company.

Vadgaokar further said that "mental health treatment and psychological consultations continue to be expensive. Therefore, through such initiatives, Urban Company is not only trying to foster employee health and but also create an environment where people feel safe to talk about mental health issues".

The company has already implemented various employee well-being friendly policies in the past six months, including optional work-from-home till December 31, five additional privileged leaves, no internal meetings are scheduled on Wednesdays.

Moreover, 'buddy system' has been implemented for those living alone in the city; the company follows silence hours and encourages employees to take personal time off from work, as per the company release.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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First Published: Wed, October 07 2020. 14:45 IST
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