First-of-its-kind leave provision in the country, HarperCollins Publishers India (HCI) has announced to grant pawternity leave to its employees who are adopting pets. From this year onward, every employee of the publishing firm will be entitled to a week’s paid leave, if he/she has just adopted a cat, dog or any other pet. Though such leave policy is quite new in India, some overseas companies have already into it, providing their employees quality time to bond with their new pets. Ananth Padmanabhan, CEO at HCI said they at HarperCollins want the very best of work-life balance for employees, which includes being mindful about their family needs.

The overall idea of pawtermity is to transform HCI into an employee-friendly company. In this respect, Manjula Sreekumaran, head of HR at HCI said they always look at ways to make HarperCollins the best place to work for, in every respect. In fact, in the UK, the publisher just won an award for diversity in the work place. In addition to the pawternity leave, those HCI employees, who find it difficult to leave their pets at home, can bring pets to their office based in Noida. The policy aims at ensuring a healthier work-life balance for employees.