Mitie has awarded an extra day’s holiday to more than 25,000 employees in recognition of their service during Covid-19 pandemic.
And the group has introduced several other benefits to ensure that staff have access to the health and wellbeing support they need to deal with the coronavirus. These include access to free virtual GP consultations and flu vaccinations for all permanent and fixed-term employees.
Mitie said its ‘frontline heroes’ have been working tirelessly to keep the UK running during the pandemic – cleaning supermarkets and hospitals, setting up drive-in test centres and Nightingale Hospitals for the NHS, and maintaining production lines in pharmaceutical plants.
The extra day of holiday for non-management staff is to enable them to “take some additional time out to rest and recuperate”, said the company. The virtual GP service would ensure colleagues receive the health and wellbeing support they need, it added. The service is also available to all members of employees’ households and offers unlimited GP consultations by phone or video during their employment with Mitie.
All Mitie employees who are not eligible for the UK Government’s extended flu vaccination programme will be offered free flu vaccinations. Those entitled to the government’s vaccination programme will receive guidance on how to access the scheme.
Life assurance for all permanent and fixed-term employees is also being offered to give them peace of mind during the pandemic. In the event that the benefit is needed, a minimum lump sum payment of £10,000 will be paid to the employee’s nominated beneficiary.
Jasmine Hudson, Mitie‘s HR director of group and specialist services, said: “These new benefits are a token of our appreciation to our colleagues who have been working tirelessly to keep Mitie and the UK running during this coronavirus pandemic. We want to say a huge thank you to our people, whether they are working on the front line, or in offices, kitchens or living rooms.”