Take the stress out of time off work – Top tips for employers

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Taking time off work can be incredibly beneficial for employees’ mental and physical well-being. However, for many workers, the thought of requesting time off can be incredibly stressful. Many employees worry about how their request will be received by their boss or colleagues, or how their absence will impact their workload. As an employer, it’s important to create an environment where staff feel comfortable taking time off when they need it, and where the process of requesting time off is as stress-free as possible. In this blog post, we’ll explore some ways in which workplaces can take the stress out of staff taking time off, and how employers can cope with skeleton staff during holiday periods.

Create a supportive culture

One of the most important steps you can take as an employer is to create a supportive culture around taking time off. Encourage your staff to take regular breaks and holidays, and make it clear that time off is a normal and necessary part of work life. Celebrate employees who take time off by recognizing their achievements and contributions before they leave and welcoming them back when they return. This can help create a positive and supportive atmosphere that encourages staff to take time off when they need it.

Establish clear policies and procedures

Another way to take the stress out of staff taking time off is to establish clear policies and procedures around requesting and approving leave. This can include guidelines around how much notice is required, how many staff members can be off at any one time, and how time off requests will be prioritized. By establishing clear policies and procedures, you can help reduce anxiety and uncertainty around taking time off, and make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible.

Provide adequate staffing and support

During holiday periods, it’s not uncommon for workplaces to experience staff shortages as employees take time off. However, as an employer, it’s important to ensure that there is adequate staffing and support in place to cover any gaps. This may involve hiring temporary staff, redistributing workloads, or providing additional support to staff members who are working during a busy period. By taking proactive steps to ensure that there is adequate staffing and support in place, you can help reduce stress and anxiety for both staff members and customers.

Encourage communication and collaboration

Another way to cope with skeleton staff during holiday periods is to encourage communication and collaboration between team members. Encourage staff to share information about their workload and priorities, and to collaborate on tasks where possible. This can help ensure that work is completed efficiently and effectively, and can reduce the burden on individual team members. Additionally, by encouraging communication and collaboration, you can help foster a sense of teamwork and support that can help reduce stress and anxiety for everyone involved.

Offer flexible working arrangements

Finally, offering flexible working arrangements can be a great way to take the stress out of staff taking time off. This may include allowing staff to work from home, offering flexible hours, or allowing staff to take time off in lieu. By offering flexible working arrangements, you can help ensure that staff are able to balance their work and personal commitments, and can reduce stress and anxiety around taking time off. Additionally, offering flexible working arrangements can help retain talented staff members and improve job satisfaction.

In conclusion, taking time off work is an essential part of maintaining good mental and physical health, and employers have a responsibility to create an environment that supports and encourages staff to take time off when they need it. By establishing clear policies and procedures, providing adequate staffing and support, encouraging communication and collaboration, and offering flexible working arrangements, employers can help reduce stress and anxiety around taking time off, and ensure that staff members are able to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

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Great Place To Work® Best Workplaces™ in Australia 2024 Evaluation Methodology

Great Place To Work determines the list using our proprietary For All methodology. To determine the Best Workplaces in Technology list, Great Place To Work analyses the survey responses of tens of thousands of employees from Great Place To Work Certified™ companies in the technology industry.

Our survey enables employees to share confidential quantitative and qualitative feedback about their organization’s culture by responding to 60 statements on a 5-point scale and answering two open-ended questions. Collectively, these statements describe a great employee experience, defined by high levels of trust, respect, credibility, fairness, pride, and camaraderie. In addition, companies provide organizational data like size, location, industry, demographics, roles, and levels. Great Place To Work measures the differences in survey responses across demographic groups and roles within each organization to assess both the quality and consistency of the employee experience.

Statements are weighted according to their relevance in describing the most important aspects of an equitable workplace. Survey data analysis and company-provided datapoints are then factored into a combined score to compare and rank the companies that create the most consistently positive experience for all employees in this industry.

To be considered for the list, companies must be Great Place To Work Certified™ and nominate as a company in the technology industry.

We require statistically significant survey results, review anomalies in responses, news, and financial performance, and investigate any employee reports of company incompliance with strict surveying rules to validate the integrity of the results and findings. 

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Great Place To Work® Best Workplaces™ in Australia 2023 Evaluation Methodology

Great Place To Work determines the list using our proprietary For All methodology. To determine the Best Workplaces in Technology list, Great Place To Work analyses the survey responses of tens of thousands of employees from Great Place To Work Certified™ companies in the technology industry.

Our survey enables employees to share confidential quantitative and qualitative feedback about their organization’s culture by responding to 60 statements on a 5-point scale and answering two open-ended questions. Collectively, these statements describe a great employee experience, defined by high levels of trust, respect, credibility, fairness, pride, and camaraderie. In addition, companies provide organizational data like size, location, industry, demographics, roles, and levels. Great Place To Work measures the differences in survey responses across demographic groups and roles within each organization to assess both the quality and consistency of the employee experience.

Statements are weighted according to their relevance in describing the most important aspects of an equitable workplace. Survey data analysis and company-provided datapoints are then factored into a combined score to compare and rank the companies that create the most consistently positive experience for all employees in this industry.

To be considered for the list, companies must be Great Place To Work Certified™ and nominate as a company in the technology industry.

We require statistically significant survey results, review anomalies in responses, news, and financial performance, and investigate any employee reports of company incompliance with strict surveying rules to validate the integrity of the results and findings. 

Great Place To Work® Best Workplaces for Women™ List Methodology

The Best Workplaces for Women™list is determined using Great Place To Work’sFor All™methodology to evaluate hundreds of Certified™Great Place To Work®organisations across Australia.   

Data is based on over 40,000 employee survey responses from women in Great Place To Work® Certified™ organisations across Australia. 

The survey 

The survey enables employees to share confidential quantitative and qualitative feedback about their organisation’s culture by responding to 60 statements on a 5-point scale and answering two open-ended questions. 

Collectively, these statements describe a great employee experience, defined by high levels of trust, respect, credibility, fairness, pride, and camaraderie. In addition, companies provide organisational data like size, location, industry, and the number of women in the workforce and management positions. 

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Great Place To Work analysed the gender balance of each workplace, how it compares to each company’s industry, and patterns in representation as women rise from front-line positions to executive/C-suite roles. 
Survey data analysis and women’s representation figures are then factored into a combined score to compare and rank the companies that create the most consistently positive experience and opportunities for all women, regardless of their role or demographic background.   

Eligibility   

To be considered for the list, companies must be Great Place To Work Certified™. Companies must also employ at least 50 women. We require statistically significant survey results, review anomalies in responses, and investigate any employee reports of company in compliance with strict surveying rules to validate the integrity of the results and findings. 

Please note this list is NOT ranked. 

Great Place To Work® Best Workplaces™ in Australia 2023 Evaluation Methodology

Great Place To Work, the global authority on workplace culture, determined the Best Workplaces™ Australia 2023 List by conducting annual workforce studies through our Trust Index Survey™ and Culture Management platform Emprising®, representing the voices of almost 50,000 employees across Australia.

Employees responded to over 60 survey questions describing the extent to which their organisation creates a great place to work For All™, meaning that the company empowers all individuals to reach their full human potential. Eighty-five percent of the evaluation is based on what employees report about their experiences of trust and reaching their full human potential as part of their organisation, no matter who they are or what they do. We analyse these experiences relative to each organisation’s size, workforce make up, and what’s typical in their industry and region. The remainder of the evaluation is an assessment of all employees’ daily experiences of the company’s values, people’s ability to contribute new ideas, and the effectiveness of their leaders to ensure they’re consistently experienced.

To ensure surveys truly represent all employees, we require enough people in each organisation to respond that results are accurate to a 95% confidence level and 5% margin of error or better. We review any anomalies in survey responses, news and financial performance to ensure there aren’t any extraordinary reasons to believe we couldn’t trust a company’s survey results.

 

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These organisations’ assessment is based 100% on employee responses to the Trust Index survey.

For larger organisations with more than 100 employees, we also use our Culture Audit™ tool, asking organisations to share with us their practices, policies and programs to creating a great workplace For All™ and evaluating the approach they take.

Why do you say in one place your national list scoring is based on 85%/15% and in another place that it is 75%/25%?

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1.  The criteria we evaluate

2.  Where the data comes from