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Published: 26 Mar 2020

Hymans Robertson – Winner 2020 – Scottish Top Employers Award (Large Employer)

At Hymans Robertson, working flexibly is fundamental to the way we do business. We encourage and actively support the use of agile working for all staff across the business.  

Ensuring everyone can balance their working and personal lives is a fundamental part of our business philosophy, making sure our employees are supported and able to deliver their best work for our clients. To help us achieve this we closely monitor staff engagement on a monthly basis.  

Winning insights  

  • Removed all service eligibility criteria for family leave so it is available to everyone from day one  
  • Family leaver returner programme for all employees who have been away from work for more than 16 weeks  
  • 90% of employees work flexibly on an informal basis  
  • Enhanced maternity, adoption and paternity leave  
  • Low staff turnover (circa 10%)  
  • High returner rate following periods of family leave (85%)
  • Monthly engagement survey scores trend on average 8.1 which is above the professional services benchmark.  
  • Average 90% participation rate in employee surveys each month  
  • Flexible recruiter  
  • Wide range of employee networks supporting all segments of the workforce  
  • Converted holidays from days to hours to increase flexibility for use.  
  • Day one right to shared parental leave
  • Parents and carers Champions promoted by the organisation to provide support for colleagues  

What their people say:  

“As a new father, I’d always liked the idea of taking time out to spend with a young family. The recent enhanced shared parental leave policy made the economics much more feasible and my wife was keen to get back to work on a part-time basis, and I was keen to spend some quality time with my son. I took 8 weeks of shared parental leave. And…It was great! 8 weeks was a good length of time as it’s long enough to fully tune out of working life and short enough that the transition back is straightforward. Mostly though, being able to dedicate time exclusively to parenting allows you to really enjoy it – as a full-time working parent, I find time tends to be quite ‘functional’ e.g. feeding, nappy changes etc rather than just hanging out and having fun. Shared parental leave meant that my son and I got to know each other a lot better. I also got to be there for some milestones such as watching him take his first few steps. We’re closer as a result and my confidence as a parent has grown.”