Half Dome to give staff unlimited leave on 12-month trial – ‘no catch’ says agency

Melbourne-based independent media agency, Half Dome is giving its staff “unlimited paid annual leave”, as part of an experiment over the next 12 months.

The agency, which it said orients itself around flexible working practices, is extending its annual leave to all staff top-down, “further reinforcing its trust-based approach”.

When asked, a Half Dome spokesperson said there is “no catch”, and after the 12-month period, it will be reviewed – and if successful, implemented permanently.

The experiment is aimed at giving the agency’s staff “however much paid leave they need to maintain a balance between work and life throughout the year”, with the staff contributing to the initiative’s rollout.

Lisa Lie, head of people and culture at Half Dome said: “Flexibility practices are a key differentiator of workplace cultures and reflect the level of trust a business has in its people. Understanding that autonomy and choice are major intrinsic motivators for people. We want to reward our people for their efforts with benefits they genuinely value. Our industry sometimes asks a lot of people, and we want to ensure we can offset peak periods with the right amount of time to recharge and reset.

“We know when people have greater autonomy over how they work, they’re happier. This means they’re more engaged in their work, more committed and more effective. Half Dome truly embraces a trusting and flexible working environment, and our trial of Unlimited Leave is an evolution of this,” Lie continued. “Just as we don’t have a 9-5 office policy, we’re experimenting with not having a capped leave policy. Our people will be able to choose the amount of leave they take and when they need it. This initiative demonstrates our team’s commitment to trust-based working and wellbeing.”

Managing director of Half Dome, Tom Frazer added: “Our clients continually praise our team’s attitude, approach, and commitment to their work. They say it’s what sets us apart. We believe how our culture has been built has contributed to this outcome. The Unlimited Leave initiative is designed to support further the team’s engagement and effectiveness when they’re at work.”

Last week, Half Dome promoted co-founder Frazer into the MD role, as well as promoting Catherine Smith to general manager. Earlier this year, the agency also won the full media account for Ego Pharmaceuticals. 


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