Andrew Walsh | 3 min read
Around two years ago we introduced enhanced leave benefits to help our people manage the life juggle, giving them better support to be their best both at work and at home.
Now, I’m really proud to be able to say that our parental leave benefits are some of the best in the industry. As I’ve said often, diverse and inclusive workplaces that support people foster new ways of thinking and deliver better outcomes for clients.
It’s why our ongoing drive to create a diverse and inclusive workplace is so important to us. We know these remain big issues, particularly in the technology and financial sectors, and we want to make a difference where we can.
Our parental leave benefits are some of the best in the industry.
One of the ways we aim to measure our progress is through external accreditation, which is why we applied and were given certification as a WGEA Employer of Choice in Australia.
Another way of measuring the impact of our diversity and inclusion initiatives is through the individual stories of the people that work at Iress.
Real stories from our people
In this video you can hear directly from two of our people - Kelly Bretherton, head of product, in the UK and Roy Diaco, group tax manager, in Australia - about how important our paid parental leave policies have been to them and their families.
Kelly in the UK and Roy in Australia talk about what our paid parental leave benefits have meant to them and their families
As well as hearing these real stories, it’s encouraging to see the data. In the first year of launching our enhanced leave benefits, 83 employees took paid parental leave - 36 women and 47 men.
I love hearing stories of how our benefits are helping people manage the life juggle. It shows we're doing the right thing.
Alongside our parental leave offering when having a new child, the generous leave we provide when a child starts primary school attracted media coverage and is also making a difference. 15 people in the UK took advantage of it when the new school year began in September 2018 and we expect more Iress parents around the world will do the same when their schools start again.
I love hearing stories of how our benefits are helping our people manage the life juggle. It shows that we’re doing the right thing and continuing to make Iress a great place to work.
For more on this topic, read the latest article from Julia McNeill, global executive for People@Iress, about why diversity and inclusion needs more focus within the industry.