Where Balance Restores Flexibility
The trust Mahindra has placed in me with every project is keeping me going so passionately all these years!
I joined Mahindra in May 2010 and I’m currently working as a Senior Program Manager in Powertrain division at the Mahindra Research Valley. In these seven years, I have successfully been able to balance my job, my family, and my career growth in order. Mahindra has numerous policies which helped me to balance my professional and personal life. Let’s take a look at some of them!
Mahindra’s initiatives define women empowerment for me. The maternity policy, for example, has helped me nurture my baby and my work without any compromises.
The maternity period was not easy as there was a slew of complications and health issues that followed. The OHC, which is the Occupational Health Centre, not only helped me with medication but also provided enough time to rest within the company premises. Every co-employee ensured I could work comfortably!
Flexible Work Hours
There were times when I couldn’t make it to office, and not a day has gone by when I felt cast aside from work. After my delivery, I had to take four months off to look after my child’s health alongside maintaining my own.
During this period, it was not possible for me to travel. I needed flexible working hours, and when enquired, the company expressed its openness towards a work-from-home arrangement. They supported my will, not to take a career break, even though I underwent a major life event.
It is through their effort I could manage this stage of my life without any hiccups. It didn’t seem as though I returned from a break; I was back and picked up from where I left. I am now a proud mother to a three-year-old daughter!
Conquering Educational Aspirations
After setting my professional and personal priorities right, there was my educational dream I wanted to pursue. I wanted to study further and get an Executive MBA degree. If it were for some other company, the idea of a working mother trying to take up studies would have seemed a long shot. But Mahindra not only supported my educational dreams but also provided financial help. I am currently pursuing my Executive General in MBA from IIM-B. I travel to Bengaluru to attend college every weekend and once in every three months one full week sessions. The company voluntarily lets me take that week off.
There are some moments in my life which will always keep me firmly rooted in this company, no matter where I am! I am now at the Lead Program Manager and at project handling level, and it’s only because of the trust this organisation has instilled in me in all these years that I’ve made it this far.
An Empowered Mother