But the way Angela sees it, she wouldn’t have been able to realise such a delicate work-life balance without the support of her colleagues. They understood that leading a fulfilling life outside the office helps to lay the foundations for success within it.
It’s a point of view that’s shared by Philips, and one that the company alludes to in its in-house mantra, ‘we’re at our best when you’re at yours’.
Unlike some employers, the company’s commitment to workplace flexibility fortunately runs much deeper than mere lip-service to a progressive soundbite. In addition to offering its employees in Australia and New Zealand 18 weeks’ paid parental leave, Philips has programs for its staff to choose their own start and finish times, work from home, drop down to part-time hours, and even purchase extra leave. It’s but one aspect of a much broader company inclusion policy that views workplace diversity and female leadership as crucial springboards for commercial success.
Testament to the company’s desire to create a working environment that embraces and celebrates the differences that make us unique, Philips has promised its staff that, by 2022, women will make up 40% of people managers at each job grade outside the realm of field engineering. Such policies play an essential role in signaling to younger recruits that Philips is a place for women to grow.
Underpinning the company’s appreciation for diversity, inclusion and workplace flexibility is its unwavering dedication to improving people’s health. For what are we without it?
Serving a greater purpose: improving lives of others
Angela found herself pondering the answer to that question when a relative became seriously ill ten years ago. As she watched health professionals nurse her family member back to full health, she was struck by the profound importance of their work.