Golin introduces unlimited leave and enhances benefits package

Communications agency Golin is to introduce an enhanced benefits programme, including unlimited leave, extended family-friendly benefits and new health and wellbeing initiatives.

The benefits programme, Life Time, will launch on 4 April 2016. It will run across Golin’s global locations but has been tailored to suit local requirements.

The new suite of benefits aims to give staff more flexibility in terms of their benefits and ways of working.

In addition to unlimited leave, Life Time will offer extended health and wellbeing benefits in order to enable employees to relax outside of work.

Golin’s 150 UK employees will receive an annual wellbeing allowance of £600, and the opportunity to participate in in-house yoga classes and employer-sponsored sports teams.

The additional health and wellbeing benefits build on existing schemes, such as discounted gym membership, to give employees greater choice.

Staff will receive enhanced family-friendly policies, including up to six weeks paternity leave on full pay. Golin has also extended shared parental leave to 18 weeks’ enhanced pay, in line with the organisation’s adoption and maternity leave policy.

The communications agency also offers an ease-in, ease-out policy that provides new and expectant parents with greater flexibility.

Fraser Sinclair, HR director at Golin, said: “We recognise that our culture and how we treat our people is one of the biggest pulls for new candidates and existing employees. We want to make sure we recruit and retain the best and most diverse team in the business and continue to treat our team as individuals. This tailored, rather than a one-size-fits-all benefits programme does just that.

“For us, the biggest change this year will be a cultural one, we are re-educating all of our line managers and department heads around how to manage a flexible workforce. We recognise that the next year will be a lesson for us all on how to relax and unwind when we are not in the office. It may not be an easy lesson to learn, but it will certainly be a fun one.”