Flight Centre could be launching an unlimited annual leave initiative, as its subsidiary Student Flights kicks off the initiative for its own staff.
The youth travel company, which is owned by Flight Centre, has taken its ‘Never Stop Travelling’ mantra to a whole new level for its agents, introducing the new scheme which will allow consultants who meet an agreed commission average over the previous six months to qualify for unlimited annual leave days per year.
If they have used their entitled days of annual leave they can go into negative annual leave balance with no cap on that negative balance. The negative balance will be wiped back to zero at the anniversary of the consultant’s start date.
And now there’s talk parent company Flight Centre could be considering following suit, as Student Flights rolls out the unlimited initiative across Australia.
Student Flights general manager Sean Martin said the unlimited leave initiative was designed to reward staff, attract and retain high quality candidates, increase productivity and improve the customer experience.
“This program enables our staff to never stop travelling, to enhance their passion and product knowledge which can then be passed on to the customer so they have all the information needed for the best holiday possible,’’ Martin said.
“It is also about encouraging work-life balance while giving our consultants ownership and responsibility and developing a high-trust relationship with staff.
“There is literally a world of possibilities for our people under this program.
“A Student Flights travel consultant could, for example, take off from Perth to Bali for a long weekend every week or spend six weeks trekking through South East Asia or South America, before returning to work to pass on the benefits of his or her recent travel experiences.
“The consultant could then do it all over again later in the year or try something new like backpacking through Europe for a month or two.”
“Staff can take as much annual leave as they like as long as it fits in with the business’s requirements,” Martin added.
“We encourage our team to get out and see as much of the world as they can so they can enrich their own lives and give customers the lowdown on what it’s really like out there.”
Student Flights has almost 400 sales people in its shops throughout Australia.