Accountancy firm PFK Cooper Parry has introduced an open holiday policy, enabling employees to decide how much paid time off work they take and when they take it.
The scheme, which forms part of the organisation’s flexible-working strategy and launched last month, is based on managers’ trust that their teams will make responsible decisions based on their own workloads.
It also offers other initiatives aimed at supporting employees’ work-life balance, including:
- a 7-2-7 email curfew, which is a ‘non-urgent’ email ban from 7pm until 7am and at weekends
- a volunteering policy giving employees two-paid days of volunteering leave a year to volunteer within the community during regular working hours
- auto-delete on emails when an employee is on holiday.
Ade Cheatham, chief executive officer at PFK Cooper Parry (pictured on left), said: “We already have an incredible culture but are always looking at new ways to make it even better. For example, team members are able to work from home one day a week if they choose or take a career break for any period of up to 12 months, retaining their continuity of service when they return.
“Our goal is to foster a culture that supports greatness, where empowered team members have the opportunity to do what they do best every day. We strive to develop, support and compensate our people to succeed.”