Employee Assistance Program (EAP) was developed with an objective to help faculty and staff of Aga Khan University to resolve their personal problems that may affect their morale and productivity. While handling employee relations issues, it was noticed that decline in the performance of certain employees was due to their personality and family problems. Hence, it was felt that services of a professional counselor were required at AKU to assist such employees in resolving their personal issues; this resulted in establishment of an EAP office at AKU.
Aga Khan University introduced the Parental Leave to facilitate female faculty/staff members to adjust to the demands of a newly born child and make the necessary arrangements for returning to work. In line with the HR philosophy of AKU that the well-being of the Institution, and the well-being of its people are one and the same, this initiative is one of many that AKU has taken to facilitate the careers of female members of the AKU family.
Aga Khan University established the Children’s Day Care Centre in 1990, thereby setting an example to other organizations aspiring to become an ‘Employer of Choice’. The Day Care Centre (DCC) at AKU is a unique facility which provides childcare services for faculty and staff with young children. This facility has been provided to encourage the female faculty, nurses and other staff to continue work and pursue their careers at AKU.
The objective of the Centre is to ensure that the children are well looked after, so that their parents can perform their duties with peace of mind. Children between the ages of three months to three years are eligible. The Centre is well equipped with play and educational material that contributes toward the physical and mental well-being of the children. Regular visits by pediatricians, nurses and dietitians are also conducted.
The idea behind the “Lasting Relationship Program” was to form and maintain a healthy relationship with our key ex-employees. We believe that networking with former employees is significantly important, as it will benefit AKU on one hand and them on the other.