Acknowledging shifting workplace priorities, Grant Thornton has announced three new initiatives that the firm hopes will break the mould of a rigid workplace structure that has gripped corporate Australia.
Grant Thornton has claimed that they are the first corporate in Australia to directly challenge outdated legislation by providing early access to long service leave, as well as extending current paid parental leave allowances to a period of 26 weeks.
Those who have been with the firm for at least two years will have an extra week’s leave per year through early access to their long service leave.
The advisory firm has also announced a leading paid parental leave scheme, offering 20 weeks paid leave for the primary carer, effective immediately further increasing that commitment to 26 weeks paid leave for the primary carer effective 1 May 2017.
In addition, secondary carer’s paid parental leave has also increased to two weeks, effective immediately.
“We’re serious about creating a distinctive people experience that will drive exceptional outcomes for our clients,” said Greg Keith, CEO, Grant Thornton Australia.
“Workforce demographics and the needs of our people are shifting and we are not afraid to adapt to these changes. We are creating an environment that really meets the needs of our people,” said Mr Keith.
The third and final new initiative announced by the firm is an overall commitment to flexibility. Dubbed GT Flex-appeal, it is hoped that the new approach to flexible working solutions will allow all employees an opportunity to engage in positive discussions regarding their own working flexibility.
“Flexibility in all roles is fundamental in allowing our people to balance their work and personal commitments. This will become increasingly more important in catering to the needs of our future leaders – Millennials that highly value workplace flexibility,” added Mr Keith.
“Only organisations that embrace workplace flexibility will attract and retain the best people in the market.”