We’ll pay staff’s unlimited leave

WANdisco's Sheffield team, with city-born president and chief executive, David Richards, front left.
WANdisco's Sheffield team, with city-born president and chief executive, David Richards, front left.
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WANdisco, the Sheffield and Silicon Valley-based software company, has unveiled a revolutionary plan to give its employees unlimited time off, with pay.

David Richards, chief executive and co-founder of the company, which has offices on the city’s digital campus, announced the new policy in a company blog.

He says employees will be able to take as much holiday as they need and the company will pay.

“This is not a stunt. We trust and value our employees and value results much more than clocking-in and clocking-out,” said Mr Richards.

“This is just the latest step we’ve taken to ensure WANdisco’s staff actually enjoy coming to work. We’ve been fortunate to have some of the most dedicated staff in the business. It’s time to give something back.”

Sheffield-born Mr Richards believes the traditional Monday to Friday, 9-5 working week is a thing of the past.

He says the new policy will ensure staff continue to be ‘the same productive, enthusiastic employees who made this company what it is today’.

Jessica Thornsby from WANdisco’s Sheffield office was sure no one would abuse the company’s unlimited paid holiday scheme.

“The team here is really, really great. They are all committed. We don’t mind putting in the extra hours when we have a heavy workload, especially when something like this happens.

“It’s really nice to be appreciated,” she said.

Ms Thornsby predicted that the initiative would help the company to recruit more of the highly skilled staff it needs

“We are looking to expand. We are always looking to employ people and this will help to attract them,” she added.

WANdisco’s products dominate the software development market around the world.