Gone are days when we would be content with friendly colleagues and a good pay. Today, workers want to find great places to work.
Especially for working parents who constantly find themselves time-poor.
While inflexible and demanding workplaces and constant pressure to perform have been the norm for many Australians. Now, thanks to the emergence of flexible workplaces across country, that is all about to change.
In such environments, you can enjoy the autonomy to work beyond the office either at home, in transit, at the library or even in a coffee shop. Therefore, you are able to set your own work schedule, shorten your week by working longer hours and come in late and leave early to drop your kids off or attend classes.
However, the perfect workplace may not exist, yet there is an increasing number of Australian companies that strive to offer excellent working conditions and want to be known as “great places to work”.
The video streaming giant allows workers to take as much holiday as they want, whenever they want.
Holidays are not tracked.
Netflix employees can holiday at any time and for as long as they want. Employees just need to let their managers are in the know and that their work is covered.
The 2016 winner of the Randstad Awards, Virgin also offers employees unlimited holiday leave.
Work life balance is a part of the company policy and workers are able to access paid parental leave, aged care leave, job-share, and other flexible working arrangements.
At ANZ, all roles are flexible as to balance career and lifestyle – for example location, scheduling, compressed working weeks.
ANZ provides a variety of flexible leave options – paid parental leave for both mums and dads, lifestyle leave (the ability to “buy” additional annual leave), volunteer leave and unpaid leave options.
All roles have a clear development plan in place to further enhance individual’s careers.
At Telstra, all roles are flexible. The company offers parental leaves and variable start and finish times to their employees.
Flexible working options include part-time working, job sharing, working outside the office, and career breaks. It becomes quite easy to see why the company is a preferred choice for many.
The only beverage company to make the list, Lion boasts great working conditions.
Employees can request for flexible working hours as well as work away from the office.
Qantas has come a long way from its roots in 1920 rural Queensland operating joy rides and air taxi flights to the world-class international group that it is today.
The airline has flexible working practices available to their 35,000 plus employees, 90% of whom are based in Australia. Employees are offered 12 weeks’ paid maternity leave (including adoption) and up to 2 years unpaid maternity leave.
Additionally, Qantas staff get to enjoy 90 per cent off flights.
The beauty company offers a flexible workplace to their 2000+ employees in Australia and New Zealand.
Although the preference is for staff to work in the office if they don’t require working arrangements, the CEO and founder, Jo Horgan takes pride in the many incentives the company offers its employees.
Women returning after parental leave can choose to work three or four days a week until they’re ready to work full-time, for example.
Employees can negotiate their ideal working conditions, provided they’re able to work remotely.
The company offers a range of leave benefits, including paid parental leave, career breaks, volunteer leave and study leave.
The bank is known for its flexible work options that allow employees to better integrate their professional and personal commitments.
The workplace flexibility and leave options are tailored to meet the needs of employees in different phases of their lives and careers.
The Melbourne based real estate giant has a suite of policies to help employees balance their work, life and family responsibilities, including compressed working weeks, annual leave purchase program and flexible scheduling.
AMP offers great flexible working enabling employees to make the most out of life.
This financial company takes things up a notch with workplace ergonomic assessments for both home and office work environments, 18 weeks full pay and benefits maternity or paternity as well as adoption leave, and child care and elder care leaves.
Are you ready to wave goodbye to the “9 to 5″s?
You can achieve that by working in any of these companies.
Finally, by becoming employed at one of these great places to work, and making use of the various flexible work arrangements, you can grow your career AND you will also get to spend quality time with your family or on your health and studies.
Do you work for a company that is considered ” a great place to work”? We would love to hear from you.