TotallyAwesome, a youth-first specialist marketing and media firm, is offering employees up to USD $5,000 towards fertility fees as well as extra leave for those receiving treatment.
Going through IVF can be very stressful, and this new policy recognises the difficult time, physically, emotionally and financially, that people undergo when having fertility treatment.
What does TotallyAwesome’s support initiative entail?
They may also need their partner’s support, so TotallyAwesome is offering extra leave days for partners too. The policy is available to all full-time employees (female, male and partners of employees) who are undergoing or wish to undergo fertility treatment. The offer includes:
- Up to USD$5,000 towards treatment
- 3 days for one cycle for an employee who is going through IVF
- 2 days if an employee’s partner is the one having treatment
- Counselling (internal or external) if they wish to talk to someone
Employees will also be offered support after treatment. In the first days after a transfer, while they are waiting for a pregnancy test result, they can enjoy flexible working arrangements.
What does the policy mean for TotallyAwesome?
Will Anstee, CEO says that it’s about understanding that people have a life beyond work, with dreams and aspirations, passions and loves, and for some, challenges needing support. “At TotallyAwesome, we are always striving to do better and to make this a better place for all.”
“We want to take a leading role in supporting our people through the physical, emotional and financial challenges and impacts fertility treatments have on individuals. I’m very proud of this policy. We hope that it goes some way to ease what is a very hard time for some,” Will said.
TotallyAwesome values the diversity of its employees and is fully committed to developing supportive working and employment policies to promote a positive work-life balance.