Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages announces permanent work from home policy option

Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages (HCCB), Coca-Cola India’s single largest bottling partner, has announced a ‘work from home’ policy for employees which gives employees the option to permanently work from home.

The company, which makes Maaza juice drink, Thums Up, Sprite and Coca-Cola aerated drinks and operates across 15 factories, said the policy will span the period post-pandemic, such that employees can choose to permanently work-from-home, provided they do not need to be physically present at the work location, for example at factories and sales functions.

To begin with, HCCB said in a statement it has started delivering ergonomically designed chairs from its office to the eligible employees, to their homes, on request. Those working in other cities have the option to purchase work chairs. It will, in addition, provide monetary support for employees to install UPS for power back-ups including monthly wi-fi expenses for uninterrupted internet connectivity. Employees can also avail of monetary support to purchase tables, headphones, lamps, webcams, external microphone, and even a coffee mug or flower arrangement, HCCB said.

To deal with physical and emotional challenges, the company said it has provisioned for telemedicine facilities and wellness counselling through an app, and has modified its health insurance policy with provisions to include parents and in-laws and top-up covers for immediate dependents.

HCCB chief HR officer Indrajeet Sengupta said: “The feature has been co-created by our colleagues who know their problems the best. The situation is evolving and hence we remain open and flexible to any modifications that the policy may need.”

The company statement said the policy makes available training programmes and support material to help employees navigate productivity, minimise digital fatigue and adapt to the new way of working. HCCB said it has also made available LinkedIn Learning and Harvard ManageMentor training programs.

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