(Picture: Getty)Organising annual leave is an extreme sport. You want to utilise every second of your time off and plan meticulously so you can squeeze the most out of it before turning on that sweet, sweet out of office email.
But a week or two is just never enough. So one Australian company is proving to be the real MVP and offering an alternative to annual leave by allowing ‘life leave’.
No, that’s not a nice way to say, ‘you’re fired and don’t bother coming back’, accountancy firm Ernst & Young wants their employees to really enjoy time away from work.
The company is allowing workers six to 12 weeks of life leave a year, which they can use for travel, to work on their passions, or to basically do nothing.
Employees can take it in one or two blocks at a time and perhaps unsurprisingly, it’s not paid, unlike normal holiday leave.
People who work there will also be able to opt for other schemes like term-time working and temporary part-time to suit parents and carers.
That means parents can work full time during their childrens’ term-times but then take the holidays off. But it’s not just for parents, anyone can take the time off or choose to go part-time for up to three months.
And it’s all about employee satisfaction and productivity.
Time to move to Australia (Picture: Getty)‘Flexible work policies like this are necessary because of increased competition for talent,’ said Kate Hillman from Ernst & Young Oceana.
‘The policies are intended to address a growing demand for flexible work environments in general, not just working parents.
‘We’re innovating so we don’t lose these people while they pursue passions outside of work.’
The number of millennials at the company also motivated their decision as flexibility is a strong factor for millennials looking for work.
‘Millennials are also driving demand for flexibility as their preference for diverse and stimulating career experiences overrides traditional workplace structures and timelines,’ added Kate.
‘By next year, 80% of our workforce across the globe will be millennials so this is a particularly significant consideration for us.’
Let’s hope other companies take note.
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