Industrial Psychiatry Journal

: 2011  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 146--147

Leave pooling-the latest trend: Implications

Suneet Kumar Upadhyaya1, Archana Sharma2, Abhinav Joshi1,  
1 Department of Psychiatry, VCSG Government Medical Science and Research Institute, Srinagar Garhwal, Uttarakhand, India
2 Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, VCSG Government Medical Science and Research Institute, Srinagar Garhwal, Uttarakhand, India

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Suneet Kumar Upadhyaya
Department of Psychiatry, VCSG Government Medical Science and Research Institute, Srinagar Garhwal, Uttarakhand

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Upadhyaya SK, Sharma A, Joshi A. Leave pooling-the latest trend: Implications.Ind Psychiatry J 2011;20:146-147

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Leave pooling is a new trend in India. First time offered by Accenture India, a management consulting, technology services, and outsourcing company, in name of 'Hours that Help.' [1] In this programme employees are able to donate paid-time off hours to help a colleague in times of need like family medical emergencies or related crisis situations. The goodwill and bonding factor in schemes like 'Hours That Help' make it stand ahead of other provisions like advance leaves. Web search reveals that similar formats of pooling of leaves are already in use in some places like Alexander County, USA or University of Texas, USA in which employees can voluntarily register and donate their leaves in a common pool.

Additional leaves are required in various circumstances like chronic illness, carer responsibilities, geriatric problems, pregnancy complications, and care of child in infancy and illnesses. In many of these situations employees are unwilling to disclose their illnesses or carer responsibilities in work place for fear of losing job or negative connotations by colleagues. Availability of these extra leaves not only provides job security but it also increases bonding between employees. This social support provides a sense of great relief to the employee in need and thus helps in prevention and healing of physical or psychiatric illness.

Social support has been associated with decrease in mortality and faster recovery in coronary heart diseases, myocardial infarction, and heart surgery. Social support influences neuroendocrine, immunological, and hemodynamic response so improves prognosis in infectious diseases, allergies, autoimmune diseases and even cancer. It has also been linked with decrease in pregnancy complications. [2],[3]

'Fourth revolution in psychiatry' coined by an eminent Indian psychiatrist states that addressing psychiatric co morbidity in chronic physical illnesses can change the quality of life of millions of patients. [4] Magnitude of psychiatric illness in these patients is always less when good social support is perceived.

In addition to these obvious advantages leave pooling may have some indirect effects like it is beneficial for employer as it maintains experienced and skilled manpower without compromising total productivity, and expenses on training of new employees are saved.

Many women quit their jobs despite provisions of maternity leaves to devote more time to their child. This provision will also help in women empowerment. Proper attention and care by the mothers definitely helps in a good upbringing of their children, thereby contributes to a healthy society and nation.

This flexibility in work environment can have a great impact on people or family members with chronic illnesses, disabilities or responsibilities, in addition to contributions to national health and economic growth. Hence we recommend that government should make a policy for this provision in all it's sectors and should encourage private sector for the same.

Although there are possibilities of some drawbacks like misuse of facility or use of unethical means to avail this facility, but these can be effectively dealt by making proper rules and regulations.


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