Employees are an organisation’s greatest asset, and businesses are increasingly recognising both the financial and human value in supporting, mentoring and engaging with their staff.
Today, hundreds of companies like Firebrand Training support their employees’ dreams and ambitions by offering paid sabbaticals. Whilst on sabbatical, employees can take an extended break from work to refresh and recharge, learn new skills, travel, or spend time with their families.
Firebrand Training – currently running a highly successful sabbatical scheme – use CascadeGO to manage their HR software needs, significantly reducing the impact and workload required from their HR team.
A great reward for great employees
Firebrand introduced their sabbatical scheme to reward long-term service, keep employee ideas fresh, and build and increase staff retention rates.
“We introduced Firebrand’s sabbatical scheme to reward staff for their years’ of service. We’re delighted with the results. It’s wonderful to see what people get up to. Relaxing, travelling, learning a new skill – whatever. They’ve earned the time off. We’ll miss them but they’ll be back…because their next one is only 5 years away.” says Robert Chapman, Managing Director of Firebrand Training.
Granted after 7 and 12 years service, Firebrand’s paid sabbaticals normally last around four weeks (in addition to yearly annual leave).
The scheme has proved immensely successful. Of the 23 ‘Firebrands’ who have taken sabbaticals, only one employee no longer works for the company. Plus, many of these employees are now eligible for their second sabbatical, due after 12 years of service.
An excellent adventure
Using CascadeGO, Firebrand has processed over 23 sabbaticals – that’s 460 days paid leave! However, it’s not all about the numbers – Firebrand encourages employees on sabbatical to pursue their dreams, resulting in some incredible stories:
How does CascadeGO help?
Firebrand Training have used CascadeGO since 2011. Before that, booking annual leave was largely spreadsheet- based, with requests emailed to HR manually, and then forwarded to line managers for approval.
By incorporating CascadeGO’s intuitive HR software, Firebrand not only cut the workload for their HR staff, but also greatly reduced the opportunity for human error. Utilising intelligent and flexible HR software also helped to free up the HR team’s time to focus on more strategic tasks for the good of the wider business.
Firebrand will continue to support its successful sabbatical scheme with the appropriate help from CascadeGO. With more employees than ever looking to find a balance between their personal and professional lives, offering a sabbatical is now a competitive advantage when it comes to attracting, and retaining, top talent.
If you would like further information as to how CascadeGO could help you to efficiently manage your HR needs, click here.