Online food delivery startup Swiggy, last week, told corporate staffers that it will reduce work to four days from a five-day routine for the month of May.
The move, expected to help employees get more time with their families and aid mental as well as physical well-being, comes amid the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic sweeping across India.
In a letter to employees, human resources chief Girish Menon said that the online food aggregator has allowed employees to decide which of the four days in a week that each would like to work on.
“As many of you are aware, we have put together a Covid task force and we can definitely do more with more hands on the deck. Hence, if any of you would like to volunteer and actively help on the break day, you’re welcome,” he added.
Multiple employees took to LinkedIn to share the news.
Menon added that Swiggy has also set up in-house Covid-19 support in form of salary advances, an emergency team, a Swiggy Shield app, employee hotline, and online doctor consultations. It intends to help employees access hospital beds, ICUs, plasma and oxygen cylinders, and ambulance support.
The total tally of coronavirus infections in India as of Tuesday 8 AM rose to over 20.28 million, as per government data. The country has recorded more than 300,000 new cases 13 days in a row.