Flexibility is the key to getting great work from great people. How do we achieve it at Deloitte? By encouraging you to pursue opportunities and attain goals — personally and professionally. By creating a work environment with the variety and challenge that lets you do the best at what you love the most.
Work/life harmony. What is it? It’s managing the many demands of work and personal life while meeting client expectations. You shouldn’t have to give up the chance to advance in your career to take on other challenges in life. Your employer should help you feel this way, not inhibit you. When work and life are in balance, you’re ready to give your best.
Why is work/life harmony important? Balance our people’s career and personal interests makes sense. It gives them greater personal and professional satisfaction, and it ensures more continuity of service for our clients. What’s in it for us? When everyone excels, we succeed. Possible options include:
Flex time. Flex time allows people to adjust their workdays while maintaining full-time hours — an ideal arrangement for someone who might want to start work early and leave early so they can meet their children after school. A compressed workweek is another flex time option.
Continuing part-time. Sometimes a full-time workload doesn’t work. Job-sharing is one part-time option.
Alternative work arrangements. Sometimes an alternative work arrangement is best for all involved. A senior manager in our Toronto office works three-day weeks most of the year so she can spend more time with her children, then reverts to full-time during her biggest clients’ year-end peak periods. Arrangements like that allow up to a 40 percent reduction in hours, while leaving people open to schedule adjustments based on clients’ needs.
Leaves of absence. This is life. Things happen. Parental, caregiver, or community responsibilities. Bereavement. Jury or witness duty. Individual aspirations. Education. Some circumstances make it impossible to handle any kind of workload. When that happens, a leave of absence can be an option.
Sabbatical leave. As part of Deloitte’s commitment to work/life harmony, an employee may request a six- to 12-month leave of absence through a self-funded sabbatical program. If you have at least one year of service with good performance, you can request a sabbatical leave to further your education, for community or social projects, or for personal reasons.
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