Strategic insights consultancy, Nature, has given its people the option to to swap out as many statutory public holidays as they wish for a preferred day. This new policy has come into effect starting with the public debate around 26 January last week and will continue throughout 2022.
While the policy began on 26 January, it is designed to last in perpetuity across the year, acknowledging the need for flexibility to better acknowledge a full spectrum of cultures and beliefs in the business.
Nature’s managing partner, Chris Crook (main photo), said: “This move comes at a time when we need to recognise the diversity within our business and be conscious of what our team does or doesn’t want to celebrate and be a part of. Inclusiveness is one of our core values, so this new policy is a good way for us to act on it.
“While we support the many businesses rethinking their approach to the controversial holiday surrounding 26 January, and certainly encourage continued reassessment of what that particular date represents, we also feel limiting flexibility to a single public holiday would be a missed opportunity to improve inclusivity and allow our staff to celebrate the dates which matter to them.”
“We’re proud to put this policy forward alongside other companies who have similar floating leave stances, overall, it’s a great step forward for the industry.”