Traverse revamps benefits package

Social purpose organisationTraverse has revamped its employee benefits package in order to promote inclusivity and boost talent retention.

It created its new benefits offering, delivered in partnership with DittonHR,  as part of an employee engagement process focused on reward and recognition for its 60 employees.

The organisation has introduced a health cash plan, as well as improving its family policies. These include enhanced paternity and adoption leave to match maternity leave, paid support and flexible working throughout the fostering selection and fertility treatment and donation processes, five days of paid emergency leave for all carers, up to 10 working days of paid leave for bereavement, and a childcare deposit loan for new starters.

In addition, the firm will also offer comprehensive support packages for members of staff experiencing a family breakdown, violence and abuse, or for those experiencing the menopause. It is currently also developing bespoke assistance packages for employees undergoing gender transition.

Kerrie Gemmill, director of operations at Traverse, said: “As an employee-owned business, the views of our members, and what is important to them, drives business success. They were clear that our pay and benefit package needed modernising. They challenged us to be progressive, to push against the norm and ensure that our pay and benefits aligned with our inclusive values. It’s vital that prospective candidates look at Traverse and see their own personal circumstances reflected in our approach to recognition and reward.

“I hope that the difference we make is that staff will know that during their time with us we will support them to develop and grow in their careers and that we have their back, when they find it difficult to juggle the complex mix of managing life and work.”