OYO: New Employee Initiatives

Indian hospitality firm OYO has announced several initiatives to help its employees deal with anxiety and stress while working from home according to a report published in business insider.

With ‘work from home’ becoming the new normal, thousands of professionals across India have been subject to long working hours and meetings and tasks which spill over to the weekend as well. As companies are experimenting with permanent work from home options, ‘burn out’ has been the latest buzz word, and employees are wondering when this influx of work would stop. And now, employers are taking cognizance of the rising pressure on employees.

OYO’s latest initiatives include a strict 5-day work week policy, which means employees are not liable to answer calls or Slack messages during the weekend, ensuring that they can take some time off for themselves.

“Responding to work emails or messages received over the weekend by the subsequent working day will be acceptable and leaders or business heads will not conduct review meetings on Monday so that the teams do not have to prepare for it over the weekend,” said the company.

The employees will also be allowed to block personal time (for meals, house chores, pursuing a hobby, etc), and silent time (to ensure productivity) on their calendars during weekdays. The startup has also announced a surprise holiday on August 17 for all employees and is calling it an ‘OYO pendence’ holiday.

The startup has also partnered with Cure.fit to give its employees access to workout sessions and will bear 50% of the costs for one year.

“As OYO gears up for a much-awaited resurgence, our people continue to be at the front and centre of everything we do. We have therefore recently launched initiatives to foster growth, happiness, wellbeing, and holistic development of OYO prenuers. We have received a lot of positive feedback and appreciation from OYO preneurs so far, and it just helps reinforce our commitment to them,” said Dinesh Ramamurthi, Chief Human Resources Officer, OYO.

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