With more and more people working from home, having a supportive workplace is more important than ever.
Biopharmaceutical company AbbVie has claimed a top spot five in the 2020 Best Place to Work in Australia list, for the 100-999 employee category.
Bowral resident and AbbVie employee, Edwina Elliot, has firsthand experience with the unique ways the company has created a workplace based around flexibility, inclusion and equal opportunity.
When Edwina Elliott's husband, James, suffered a major stroke in September 2017, her life was turned upside down.
It was a tough time for Edwina with her husband in Intensive Care and also caring for their three young daughters- Ruby, Isabel and Claudia.
The company supported Edwina by providing her with carer's leave and unpaid leave for six months.
When Edwina wanted to return to work, she was able to do so from home and from the hospital where James was.
When James was discharged from hospital six months later, the family moved to the Southern Highlands to start a new life.
With James' mobility and independence significantly impacted, Edwina's role was adapted so that she could work remotely and be his primary carer.
She has continued to work remotely since then.
"My husband, family and I are so grateful for the supportive culture at AbbVie," Edwina said.
"AbbVie varied my role with the needs of my family in mind, and so I can continue to do my best work. My team even host offsite meetings in Bowral to ensure I am close to home. I feel incredibly valued."
AbbVie Australia was recognised as the number two Best Place to Work in Australia.
Companies nominated for the Best Places to Work benchmarking study go through an application process and are selected and ranked on the basis of employees' responses to the Trust Index Employee Engagement Survey and the Culture Audit.
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