The days of Dolly Parton’s “working nine to five” are long gone for both future and current employees at AECOM, with a new 12-week initiative giving parents the reprieve they need to work and enjoy holidays with their children.
Shayne Hanran, Area Director for North Queensland and Northern Territory, says the 12-week initiative is just one of many flexible work arrangements designed to bring parents – and predominately women – back into the workforce.
“We’re really big on gender diversity at AECOM,” Shayne says, noting that while the company is currently 35% female there’s always room to improve. “It’s a great chance to get women back into the workforce to try and attract mid-level senior leaders.”
Blending senior leadership roles with a happy, healthy work/life balance is exactly the sort of change that Townsville and the workplace in general needs to see. The best thing is, you won’t need to take a huge cut to achieve it.
“With this 12-week initiative, the pay is prorated down to about 85% of their full time salary,” Shayne says before going into the benefits.
“However, they are allowed to get every school holiday off and have a consistent pay every month. This means no more applying for leave without pay, missing out on super and all that.”
The initiative is set to roll out this year, with a mix of both new and internal jobs available. If that’s not enough to get you and the kids smiling, Shayne says AECOM also embrace a series of other flexible arrangements that make the daily grind a whole lot easier for everyone.
“We cater around school pick-ups, we have early start and finish times, you have the ability to work from home on some days and you can even get additional purchased annual leave which means you can have up to two months if you want,” Shayne says. “We’re really trying to be a flexible workplace that can attract good quality staff because we need a mix of both genders.”
This proves that the work structure has evolved in the last 30 years. Parents – who play an integral role in any business structure – no longer have to choose between family and work, making for happier employees and families, which is the new gold standard we need to stick to.
On top of this already great initiative, AECOM have also taken out a new office space in the CBD. From the moment you step in, it’s obvious that bright, open spaces and employee happiness was key when fitting the area out. Other industries and businesses around Townsville could certainly take note of this ’employee-first’ movement.