• New Delhi
  • 9 September 2013
  • Features
  • By Rahul Koul

Making them feel at home

The productivity and efficiency of employees is driven by the work environment and incentives which in turn depend on the HR policies at biotech companies which try their best to match upto the expectations of their workforce


The growth of the industry has resulted in company expansions and hence the work environment as a key employee policy has marked a sea change. It is now well recognized to be one of the critical parameters of employee retention. Therefore, providing the best work environment and empowerment of employees remains on the top priority of all the biotech companies. Besides concentrating on providing basic facilities, the companies with each passing year are adding new policies in order to keep the employees motivated.

Campus gets cozy

The actual place of work matters a lot for the employee. Therefore the companies have been giving special attention on creating centralized AC facilities at their office locations. Apart from regular facilities such as subsidized canteen facility, the focus is also being brought on improving the IT infrastructure as it is directly concerned with the performance of employees.

Reliance Life Sciences has made a lot of effort to create a conducive campus environment in terms of the architecture, landscaping, biological diversity and availability of various facilities that cater to requirements such as banking transactions, health and wellness, food and refreshments. The company has brought in the fun element within the ambit of its day to day functioning. According to Mr KV Subramaniam, Reliance Life Sciences, " RLS lays significant emphasis on creating a work environment conducive to productivity at campus. Besides providing the in-house cafeteria, there is a gymnasium, 24 hours tea/coffee vending facility and Auditorium and 24 hours round the clock in-house security. The campus has fun-filled activities like Mango Day, Rain Dance, World Environment day, Hobby Hours, festivals like Navratri, Christmas etc. The families of employees are encouraged to participate in Drishti Art and Essay competitions held at the campus."

Few companies provide the conducive environment to work tops our priority list. Besides offering healthy hygienic canteen facility, the employee engagement activities in the company includes the picnics, cricket matches, diwali celebrations, birthday celebrations and refreshment facilities in case of late sitting. Most of the companies offer sponsored picnics and gym facilities to employees. Few of them like Novozymes even provide paid vacations up to certain levels. Says G S Krishnan, Regional President, Novozymes, "For us the work life balance is important and we therefore give them all the facilities they deserve. From free snacks to picnics that are sponsored by us, we try to make them comfortable."

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