Local telco company Digi has recently introduced a new policy that entitles its female employees to 6 months of fully-paid maternity leave
The policy is effective starting from 1 January 2016.
In an official statement released on 6 April, Digi's chief executive officer, Albern Murty said the policy is the first of its kind in Malaysia. He hopes this will bring more empowerment to women in the workforce.
“We are extremely proud to institute the new global six-month standard maternity leave here in Malaysia. It is our goal to attract and retain the best talent, male or female, and we are confident that the revised maternity leave policy will make Digi not only a very attractive place to work, but also a place in which women can build careers, continue to fill the ranks of our leadership and play a key role in supporting their families," said Murty.
Murty further stated that diversity is an important aspect in many organisations, as it could make the workplace more accessible and friendly to employees
Murty said, "Diversity is the aim of many organisations, but it is in inclusivity that the real difference is made. We are committed to continue building an organisation that better reflects the world we live in. And do this by ensuring a workplace that is friendly and conducive for all Digizens."
Aside from the fully paid maternity leave, Digi also offers mothers the flexibility of working from home and designated parking spots in the workplace
The company will also help cover delivery and nursing costs.
Currently, 45% of Digi's employees are women, with strong female representation at management positions and the Board
Digi has exceeded the Malaysian government’s target of 30% women participation in Boards of public listed companies.