KINNECT firmly believes that without a genuine work/life balance, it’s impossible to keep employees happy, engaged and excited about working in our business and providing great service to our clients and care to our patients. Promoting a healthy work/life balance for all employees is imperative for KINNECT to stay true to its core values of ‘happy, highly skilled people creating sustainable value’. We also believe a positive work/life balance ensures our employees feel respected as individuals.
KINNECT understands there is no one-size-fits-all approach in respect to achieving great work/life balance, so instead we have implemented a variety of measures to ensure a work/life balance is in everyone’s reach no matter what their circumstances.
For employees who have been working at a level higher than their role usually calls for, whether that has taken the form of working long hours, managing a larger than normal caseload or conducting work that requires hours of travel, KINNECT encourages the use of flex days so that a work/life balance equilibrium can be restored.
A flex day is essentially a day off which is fully compensated by the company and scheduled at the employee’s discretion.
Flex days can be awarded based on performance criteria or requested by the individual and approved by KINNECT’s Culture Club, which consists primarily of their peers as opposed to Senior Leaders. There is no restriction on the number of flex days an employee can request or be awarded throughout the year, ensuring that employees can establish a sustainable work/life balance with the help of this initiative.
Another option for employees looking to achieve the right work/life balance is the opportunity to purchase additional leave. Employees may purchase additional annual leave of up to 2 weeks every year, in addition to the 4 weeks annual leave already provided. If an employee wishes to purchase additional leave, they can do so by requesting a nominal amount (to cover the leave period) to be deducted from their remuneration on a fortnightly basis. Lodging a request to purchase additional leave is simple, with employees asked to email KINNECT’s Accounts and HR Team requesting the desired amount of additional leave.