Half Dome Announces Unlimited Paid Annual Leave Experiment

Half Dome Announces Unlimited Paid Annual Leave Experiment

Independent media agency Half Dome has introduced an annual experiment that will allow its team to take unlimited paid annual leave.

Half Dome is evolving its successful flexible working practices to go beyond place and hours and extending it to annual leave, further reinforcing its trust-based working approach.

The ‘Unlimited Leave’ experiment allows the Half Dome team to take however much paid leave they need to maintain a balance between work and life throughout the year. Half Dome’s people have contributed to the rollout of this initiative and the guidelines for success, so all can collectively contribute to a positive outcome.

Half Dome has introduced the experiment so its people to feel genuine control and freedom and to benefit from increased energy, focus on their wellbeing, and be more engaged and effective in their roles.

Half Dome head of people & culture, Lisa Lie (pictured), said: “Flexibility practices are a key differentiator of workplace cultures and reflect the level of trust a business has in its people. Understanding that autonomy and choice are major intrinsic motivators for people. We want to reward our people for their efforts with benefits they genuinely value. Our industry sometimes asks a lot of people, and we want to ensure we can offset peak periods with the right amount of time to recharge and reset.

“We know when people have greater autonomy over how they work, they’re happier. This means they’re more engaged in their work, more committed and more effective. Half Dome truly embraces a trusting and flexible working environment, and our trial of Unlimited Leave is an evolution of this. Just as we don’t have a 9-5 office policy, we’re experimenting with not having a capped leave policy. Our people will be able to choose the amount of leave they take and when they need it. This initiative demonstrates our team’s commitment to trust-based working and wellbeing.”

Half Dome managing director, Tom Frazer, said: “Our clients continually praise our team’s attitude, approach, and commitment to their work. They say it’s what sets us apart. We believe how our culture has been built has contributed to this outcome. The Unlimited Leave initiative is designed to support further the team’s engagement and effectiveness when they’re at work.”

The Unlimited Leave experiment launches on 1 July and will be in place for 12 months as an experiment to see how Half Dome’s people embrace it at which point the policy will be reviewed and if deemed successful extended beyond its trial period.

Earlier this year, Half Dome also introduced the option for its people to switch all existing public holidays to another day of cultural significance, celebration, or recognition.




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