Finding the right balance between our personal and working lives is key to maintaining health, productivity, creativity and overall job satisfaction. We continuously seek options and tools to enable employees to achieve their work/life balance goals. Here are just a few:
Flexible Work Arrangements
For many years, Edelman has supported a variety of reduced workweek and flextime arrangements. Today, nearly 75 percent of our offices offer flexible work time. Telecommuting is also available to select U.S.-based full-time or part-time employees. Worldwide, almost 40 percent of our offices offer transportation vouchers, while nearly 10 percent provide other forms of transportation support.
Edelman Escape is a unique program that offers U.S. employees $1,000 and an extra week of vacation to escape from the duties of everyday work to pursue a dream, goal or experience that will enrich their lives. Employees submit an application describing what they would like to do, and finalists are chosen each year. Past winners have spent time with a brother before he was deployed to Iraq, took a son to Washington, D.C. to learn more about the U.S. Constitution, produced a film script, worked for Habitat for Humanity and traveled to China to see the birthplace of a mother and grandmother.
For more than a decade, Edelman has provided support for child adoption and now offers $5,000 in assistance to full-time employees and $3,000 to part-timers. Of course, pets are family too, so recently we introduced a pet adoption assistance program in the U.S. that provides up to $100 in financial reimbursement for pet adoption.
Parental leave provides new biological and adoptive parents with the opportunity for paid time off to bond with their child after birth or adoption. Additionally, in the U.S., we provide paid time off for eldercare emergencies.
Our sabbatical program in the U.S. and other select markets provides tenured staff with up to six additional weeks of paid time off. Sabbaticals are offered when an employee has been with the company ten years and again at every five-year interval thereafter.
Anniversary Award Program
Edelman’s Anniversary Award program acknowledges our employees who achieve tenure milestones with a monetary gift. Our goal through this global program is to demonstrate that their service and commitment is valued by Edelman.
Beyond Conventional Benefits
All great companies offer competitive benefits and Edelman is no exception. Employee benefits are tailored by location to meet the specific needs of our people, their families and their communities. Beyond the conventional benefits, though, you’ll find local “extras” that come in many forms, from language training and book clubs, to fitness classes, food vouchers and office pantries stocked with healthy foods. Edelman’s tobacco-free work environment also helps to provide a safe and healthy workplace that promotes the health and wellbeing of our employees. By the way, if you want to lose weight or stop smoking, we provide help and financial incentives for that too.