QIC supports ongoing professional development for all staff, as part of their PMP and career development plans. As part of this commitment, the QIC Leadership Excellence Program continues to be the flagship leadership development program to sustain and develop the leadership abilities of staff at QIC.
In addition, QIC's Emerging Leaders Program offers personal and professional development to its emerging talent. QIC has seen a very positive shift in leadership performance as a direct result of this investment, and we have seen talented emerging leaders step into levels of higher accountability and complexity.
QIC also offers professional development programs in the areas of presentation and communication skills, business writing, negotiation skills, and service excellence.
QIC continues to build a culture that is oriented on trust and delivery of outcomes, and encourages all employees to determine the flexibility requirements that are unique to them.
QIC offers formalised access to flexible working arrangements for all staff to support them in balancing their work and home lives, with options including working from home, paid parental leave, variable working hours and salary sacrificing for extra annual leave. In December 2017, over 85% of employees agreed that QIC allows them to incorporate formal or informal flexibility into their work routine (as measured through QIC's 'Pulse' survey)
In 2018, QIC made significant enhancements to our Leave Policy to ensure we have a leading approach to care for our employees. These changes include providing an additional 5 days of carer's leave per year, extending non-primary carers parental leave from one week to two weeks, and extending the eligibility timeframe for primary carer's parental leave from 12 to 18 months to more strongly encourage co-parenting in the early years of a child's life/adoption.
Health and wellbeing
QIC aims to provide a safe and healthy work environment and helps individuals manage their own health and reduce risks, through initiatives including healthy heart checks, ergonomic assessments, flu vaccinations, skin checks and weekly fruit baskets plus access to discounted health care and an annual allowance to contribute towards healthy living expenses.
Throughout 2018, QIC has offered a series of health and well-being 'Lunch and Learn' sessions which have focused on maintaining agility in times of challenge and change, resilience, maintaining a high performance mindset, stress mastery and mindfulness. This program has received overwhelming support from our people and is now something that will be an enduring offering.
QIC employs an outplacement services provider to help facilitate career transitioning and employability following instances of contract termination or redundancies.