'Anyone suffering FDV shouldn't have to worry about work'
SAP ANZ has introduced a range of measures to support employees experiencing family and domestic violence (FDV).
These include 10 days of paid FDV leave, free counselling and mandatory FDV training for managers.
The new FDV policy follows a staff-led initiative, where a group of employees – part of SAP’s Business Women’s Network – created the updated policy.
The goal was to support colleagues who had previously been affected by FDV and who felt the statutory requirement of five days unpaid leave was insufficient.
As part of the policy, any employee experiencing FDV and their family can access free, confidential counselling through SAP’s Employee Assistance Program.
New training has also been developed which all managers will be required to attend, to help employees understand FDV, including how to spot the signs of people who may be suffering and ways they can offer support or assistance.
The policy also entitles all employees who face FDV, or who need to provide care or support to a member of their household or immediate family because of FDV, the ability to change their work arrangements – including hours, patterns and location of work.
Debbie Rigger, Head of Human Resources, SAP Australia and New Zealand, said she is proud that SAP has listened to its employees and introduced extra measures to support any staff who experience family and domestic violence.
“Sadly, in Australia the issue of FDV is all too common and seeking help can be a difficult and scary experience. We believe we have a responsibility to support our staff when they need it most,” said Rigger.
“Anyone suffering FDV shouldn’t have to worry about work, and this time will allow staff the time to seek medical attention, counselling, legal advice, support or new accommodation in a time of need. FDV comes in many forms – from violence to coercive control – and can impact people from all backgrounds.
“We hope this creates an environment where staff feel supported to speak up and seek help.”
SAP ANZ is also running an awareness campaign at all office locations, to promote the new policies, and help staff to understand the signs of FDV and where they can seek help if they need it.