We support young Australians to be their best
Message from Rob Phipps, Chief People Officer
We are passionate in our belief that everyone deserves the opportunity to be the best they can possibly be. That’s why we’re deeply committed to creating a workplace that gives young Australians, who are hungry for an opportunity, employment, together with the life skills they need to reach their full potential.
We put our people first and feed their desire to learn from us and from each other, through the bonds of a close-knit team. Together, our people create memorable experiences every day for our customers.
In August 2012, KFC Australia launched a Wellness Initiative to help employees learn more about healthy living. Through a series of online training models, the initiative helps employees improve their work life balance, providing wellness assessments and tips on healthy eating.
As part of the initiative, employees are also offered free access to healthcare providers who screen for cardiovascular issues and diabetes.
It is currently made available to Restaurant General Managers at approximately 150 company-owned stores around Australia. We are exploring the option to expand the program to Assistant Store Managers and franchisees in 2014.
We are proud of our fair and flexible workplace with ample growth opportunities for parents. We provide paid parental leave benefits above the statutory requirements and ‘transition back to work’ arrangements for female employees returning from maternity leave.
Consequently approximately 80% of women who take maternity leave return to work and more than 50% of all permanent management and administration positions are held by females. We also have a range of flexible benefits including carers leave and employees have the opportunity to purchase additional leave to accommodate their personal commitments and promote a healthy work life balance.
“I’ve been working at KFC for 23 years, starting at my local KFC restaurant at the age of 14 in a casual position. I have continued to grow my career at Yum! and in 2013, was promoted to Franchisee Business Coach after returning from maternity leave. Despite needing to take time off to have my second child and support my family, KFC acknowledged my previous years of work and allowed me to progress my career without hesitation.
The company has always been supportive of returning mums. Recognising that being a mother of two young and very active boys, KFC has given me flexible working hours to allow me to pursue my career aspirations as well as be the mum I want to be.
My new position meant I would be travelling more than my previous role and within this promotion held more responsibility. However, I have a flexible roster and I’m not tied down to a Monday to Friday, nine-to-five position. I am able to work around my children and husband’s schedules so not to miss out on any important milestones, like Easter hat parades or story time at pre-school.”
Belinda Spiteri, Franchisee Business Coach