A high-profile seven-branch estate agency in London has enhanced the employment packages of its staff to cheer them up following the uncertainty of the pandemic lockdown.
Johns & Co, which also has four branches overseas and 96 employees in total, has introduced enhanced maternity cover, a cycle to work scheme, a holiday buy-back scheme, personal staff gifts budget, and paid time off for birthdays and Christmas shopping.
The maternity, paternity and adoption cover is the largest-ticket item on the list of enhanced benefits, offering its estate agency staff who have been with the company for three or more years 50% pay for up to 39 weeks of maternity leave or adoption leave, while new fathers who have been with Johns & Co for 26 weeks or more will receive two weeks at full pay.
The company, which recently opened offices in Malaysia and Hong Kong, says the extra benefits are part of its strategy to enhance staff satisfaction and well-being at the company following the Covid disruption.
“We have always recognised that our staff are the cornerstone of this business, but lockdown and the ongoing pandemic has highlighted this more than ever,” says Clynton Nel, Residential Director at Johns & Co.
“The last few months have been challenging for all businesses and we are immensely grateful for the hard work, commitment and positivity our team members have shown as we have emerged out of lockdown and into our busiest period on record.
“We wanted to introduce a benefits package that reflects our appreciation for the exceptional efforts the team continues to show in helping to grow Johns & Co and hope it may also appeal to other talented professionals seeking a new opportunity.”