Under Bob Collymore’s tenure as Safaricom CEO, the company launched the 100% Human at Work programme, which urges businesses to stop looking at people as ‘resources’ and to start looking at them as ‘human beings’.
It is perhaps against this backdrop that the late Collymore introduced policies that ensured mothers working at Safaricom had an easy time.
Among the benefits working mothers enjoy at Africa’s telecommunications giant is 4-month paid maternity leave. While the law provides only 3 months leave for mothers, Safaricom employees enjoy an extra month.
The company also has mother’s shift where female employees with babies are allowed to work for 5 hours a day for 6 months after their maternity leave ends at full pay.
Mothers with adopted babies are also taken into consideration as they are entitled to two months of maternity leave.
Safaricom also provides daycare services for employees’ children. Workers can take their children to work and are ensured of a safe environment manned by professionals.
Mothers working at Safaricom have access to medical insurance that covers antenatal clinic visits, natural and cesarean deliveries and immunization for their little ones for up to 9 months.
To add to all this, the organization provides designated areas for breastfeeding mothers to feed their babies comfortably.
The late Collymore will be remembered as a man who was passionate about bridging the gap between men and women in the workplace. In 2018, it was reported that out of Safaricom’s 5,000 employees, 51% were women.
The company’s executive committee has 11 members and 5 positions have been filled by women.
Safaricom was lauded by the International Finance Corporation for taking into consideration the plight of working mothers and introducing the policies.