Cobden & Hayson has launched a wellness initiative by implementing a purchased additional leave policy in collaboration with the Real Estate Employers Federation (REEF), enabling employees to use part of their annual salary to purchase an additional four weeks of leave each year.
Cobden & Hayson director Matt Hayson said the move is part of the niche network’s long-term employee wellness initiative.
“This means employees can now take up to a total of eight weeks a year, providing an often much-needed break from day-to-day responsibilities, a chance to clear their mind and refocus on personal and professional wellbeing,” he said.
“We wanted to allow employees the flexibility to spend more time with family, engage in further study or experience that extended adventure they’ve been dreaming about.”
Mr Hayson said that the company has also engaged speaker and coach Matt Griggs to deliver performance insights as part of the same initiative.
“Matt draws on his experience as a meditation instructor, an ex-professional surfer and coach of high-level executives along with world champion surfers such as Mick Fanning.
“We believe his depth of knowledge will help our team make any necessary changes to find happiness and success in life without compromising themselves in the process.”
He said Mr Griggs will be involved in off-site training sessions across the company.
“We will also provide ongoing training and support to reinforce an environment where our people are helped through the stressful times,” Mr Hayson said.
“The idea is to equip them with the right tools to deal with issues when they arise so they can realise their potential and work productively to achieve their goals.”
Mr Hayson called an investment in people “the best investment you can make”.
“It’s very easy to throw around mental health as a buzzword, but being proactive rather than retroactive around our team’s wellbeing is vital.”