We #EmbraceEquity everyday with initiatives for women in the workplace
Happy International Women’s Day! Pickles is lucky to be powered by some incredible women behind the scenes of the successful services and subsidiary businesses that we operate across Australia. To attract the strong female workforce to Pickles, we offer a range of specialised initiatives that support our women in the workplace.
In honour of IWD, take a look at our list of employment benefits that #EmbraceEquity, and hear from the women of Pickles about their experiences with Pickles.
Pickles employment benefits for women in the workplace
8 WEEKS PAID MATERNITY LEAVE
We want to support our current female workforce and the women who join us in the future. This includes providing 2 months of paid maternity leave after 2 years of continuous service, so that we can support our employees when they need it the most.
EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (EAP)
Pickles takes pride in supporting women and their families, so we provide free and easily accessible counselling services to ensure that we are keeping our team members mentally and emotionally well. The professional counselling service is available to Pickles employees and their immediate families, and is free and confidential.
TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Pickles has a long history with many industries that were historically inaccessible to women. We understand that creating a company of equity means providing workplace training and development for industry-specific skills. This initiative takes many forms, including paid university opportunities, skills training and mentorship for women across Pickles.
One of the ways we support and celebrate our staff is to offer Wellbeing Leave, which consists of 5 additional days of salaried leave per year to employees after they reach 2 years of continuous service.
From the women of Pickles
At Pickles, the workplace environment speaks for itself. Check out our recommendations from the women behind Pickles:
‘Encouraging women to further their careers via auctioneer training, forklift licences, valuation courses, product knowledge and mentoring has a positive impact on employees and the business.’
Sue Rily, Cashbook and Vendor Payments Manager
‘I enjoy working at Pickles because of the people I work with. At Pickles, I have the opportunity to work with fantastic people from all walks of life. The knowledge, perspectives and experiences that they share ensure that I am always learning, always growing and always having an interesting day at work.’
Kylie Roberts, People & Culture Business Partner
‘Pickles fully supports its female workforce. Its leaders are respectful, encouraging, accepting and, above all, grateful. There is real work-life balance, too, which encourages longevity of all employees within the business.’
Joanna Darvill-Moore, Head of Brand & Design
‘I have always had a supportive manager that has mentored me to get to where I am in the business today. I have always felt supported by everyone I have worked with and that no goals I had were impossible. I was always given the tools to reach them.’
Alex McAvoy, Vendor Payments Team Leader - Industrial
‘I started as a detailer in 2009, and was then given the opportunity to move into the forklift operator role after about 12 months. Then, just before I had my youngest child in 2011, Pickles offered me and my big baby belly the booking role. From there I became the auction coordinator for salvage and general vehicles, then the manager of both departments, and finally I progressed to branch manager.’
Lisa Holland, Branch Business Unit Manager
‘In my short time with Pickles, I have loved watching numerous women stepping into managerial/senior roles and putting themselves forward in male-dominated fields. And they’re doing it exceptionally well.’
Aneeka Ronchi, People & Culture Coordinator
‘Pickles lives up to its values, offers flexible working conditions, and has a great working culture. People, relationships and opinions do matter here. The support network is amazing too.’
Sonia Sequeira, Sales Support Team Leader - Automotive
‘Pickles has inspired a workplace loyalty in me that I didn’t know existed. I wouldn’t want to work anywhere else, ever. I have been given so many incredible development opportunities and a wealth of personal and professional support from Pickles’ management. I recommend a career with Pickles to everyone I know!’
Eden Puriri, Content Creator
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