Festive fervor is back in Indian companies, companies celebrate festivals in physical mode

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New Delhi/Bengaluru: Festive fervor is back in Indian business with companies celebrating festivals including Diwali in physical mode with their employees after two lackluster years of virtual exchanges of festival greetings.

EY, Myntra, The Good Glamm, Zepto, Cars24, BankSathi, upGrad and NoBroker, among others, are in festive mode and plan to distribute gifts centered on well-being and flexibility, including holidays and vacations, in more than organizing events and decorating offices. .

Among companies offering flexibility as a gift, consulting firm EY is making October Flexibility Month with the theme of hybrid working. “We have various initiatives, such as a flexible work plan to allow our employees to choose to work from anywhere for up to ten days,” an EY spokesperson said. “Our employees can take vacations without drawing on their annual leave and continue to work. »

Fashion e-commerce company Myntra is offering time off to take time off and top up employee time off. Two years into this festive season, every nook and cranny of Myntra’s offices will be decked out with festive team engagements, karaoke sessions, candy box giveaways, arts and crafts workshops, and food stalls, a company spokesperson said.

The Good Glamm Group plans to offer health, wellness and fitness gifts to all of its employees. In order to hit a refresh button, the digital content and commerce major plans to give all of its 4,000 employees a break from Dec. 24 to Jan. 2, said Kartik Rao, its group chief human resources officer.

Food delivery start-up Zepto came up with a theme for Diwali celebrations: “Health, Happiness and Home”. The company encourages employees to bid one-on-one with company executives and sends organized game baskets to employees to use with their families, said Roma Bindroo, Zepto’s chief human resources officer.

Fintech platform BankSathi plans to grant four days of special leave to its employees around Diwali, its founder Jitendra Dhaka has said.

Cashback and coupon site CashKaro, which has longer working hours during festivals, rewards its employees by doubling the salary for this period. “Employees who work overtime will be able to get 2 times their daily overtime pay,” said Swati Bhargava, co-founder of CashKaro. “We also have an off-compensation policy.”

Cars24, an e-commerce platform for used cars, last month launched a website dedicated to its employees – Cars24 Workstore – where employees can choose a product which the company then offers to them. The range of products ranges from earphones to hand juicer to hair straighteners. Each product also comes with a surprise gift. “These will be delivered to their doorstep, further adding to the festive fervor and spirit,” said Pooja Dudani, Human Resources Manager at Cars24.

Edtech startup upGrad presented upRatri – a series of celebrations for its employees to indulge in fun activities spanning nine days of Navratri – at more than 30 locations with “One upGrad” as the theme. “This includes dress codes and other engagement sessions on the pitch,” said Saurabh Deep Singla, CHRO of upGrad. “There is another exciting series to come around Diwali,” he added.

Amit Kumar Agarwal, CEO of real estate website NoBroker, said: “This year’s holiday season is going to be bigger as we celebrate in the office with employees after two years.”

Neha Bisht, head of corporate gifts at gift company Ferns N Petals, said there was an increase in queries related to wellness, health and sustainability hindrances this year.

Anusha Mehta, founder of Wrapping Happiness, said the gift company uses sustainable and natural products as part of its baskets this Diwali.

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