Ramsay Health Care

Business Nature
Private
Industry
Healthcare/Medical
Product/Service Overview
Ramsay Health Care was established in Sydney, Australia in 1964 and has grown to become a global hospital group operating over 115 hospitals and day surgery facilities across Australia, the United Kingdom, France and Indonesia. Ramsay Health Care is well-respected in the health care industry for operating quality private hospitals and for its excellent record in hospital management and patient care. It is this exceptional reputation that attracts leading health care practitioners to work in Ramsay facilities. Ramsay Health Care facilities cater for a broad range of health care needs from day surgery procedures to highly complex surgery, as well as psychiatric care and rehabilitation. Ramsay Health Care is extremely proud of the high quality of our staff, our excellent relationships with doctors, and its commitment to improvement in all areas and its vision for the future. “The Ramsay Way” culture which recognizes that people – staff and doctors – are its most important asset, has been key to the Company’s ongoing success. The Company is well-respected as a leader in the private health care industry in Australia and is a well-recognised brand in the industry. The Company leads the way in developing the role of private health care in Australia’s balanced health care system. It is also recognised as a leader in teaching and research with an emphasis on both undergraduate and postgraduate training of the future medical and nursing workforce.
Number of Employees
more than 1000
Locations
NSW, VIC, QLD, WA, SA
Website www.ramsayhealth.com.au

Our Work Life Balance Philosophy

Ramsay Health Care is committed to the health and wellbeing of all employees. As an employer we strive to promote work life balance and have developed flexible work and leave policies to enable all employees to enjoy a full, happy and balanced life.

Ramsay Health Care encourage employees to partcipate in a wide range of activities to support social, emotional and physical wellbeing through a Wellness Program, social clubs and numerous opportunities to engage with the community to improve the lives of others.

Ramsay Health Care is a multi award winning employer that strives to be innovative, proactive and responsive to the needs of our ever changing workforce.


Our Organisation Benefits

Ramsay Health Care is a progressive employer offering employees a range of benefits and opportunities to enable employees to achieve their career and life goals.


Advice to Other Employers

Regularly engage with employees and ask what is important to them. Employee goals and needs may change constantly and todays workplace can be demanding and challenging. By supporting our employees in all aspects of their lives we ensure our employees are happier and more productive therefore making our workforce more stable.


Work Life Balance Awards/Recognition

Ramsay facilities have already been recognised as leaders in this field, having won the:

  • National Human Resources Award for Best Health and Wellbeing Strategy four years running (Greenslopes 2006/07/09 and Kareena 2008)
  • Australian Human Resources Institute Leadership Award for Best Health and Wellbeing Strategy (Greenslopes, 2009)
  • ACCI/BCA National Work & Family Award (now National Work Life Balance Awards) (Greenslopes 2005)
  • Accreditation as a World Health Organisation Health Promoting Hospital (Greenslopes 2005, Kareena 2008).

Phased Retirement

As part of our 50+ Program Ramsay Health Care can support employees to stage their retirement to suit their financial and career goals.

Part time opportunities

Almost 22% of our total workforce are part-time employees therefore it is critical to our success that RHC to offer flexibility to our employees.

Job Sharing

Ramsay Health Care offer employees the opportunity to job share in roles where job sharing is suitable and appropriate.

Casual opportunities

Many Ramsay employees enjoy the benefits and freedom that casual work can offer.

Work from Home

Where appropriate for the work task.

Flexible Working Hours

Ramsay Health Care is committed to providing flexible work arrangements where reasonably practicable which enable employees to balance work, family, lifestyle and personal responsibilities, while also ensuring that the staffing needs of the hospital are achieved.

As part of this commitment, Ramsay Health Care offers a Flexible Leave Program which allows eligible employees to request access to an additional two (2), three (3) or four (4) weeks annual leave per year for family or personal reasons and receive proportionately less pay each pay period throughout the year. Approval is considered on a case by case basis, subject to the needs of each hospital / department as determined by the CEO and Director of Clinical Services or relevant Executive Manager.

The Flexible Leave Program applies to permanent part-time and full-time staff with an ongoing contract of employment in all Ramsay hospitals and facilities. (Nurses in WA must work a minimum of 56 hours per fortnight to be eligible).

We offer the following flexible work arrangements:

  • Part time work
  • Job share
  • Flexible start and finish times**
  • Varied shift lengths **

**Subject to legislative and operational requirements

Grandparent Leave

Grandparent leave is included as part of carers leave.

Paid Parental Leave

As an organisation we pride ourselves on providing flexibility to assist our employees to manage their family commitments and responsibilities without jeopardising their work. This includes 6-10 weeks of paid parental leave (depending on industrial agreements).

Purchasable Annual Leave

In addition, as part of our commitment, we offer a Flexible Leave Program which allows eligible employees to request access to an additional two (2), three (3) or four (4) weeks annual leave per year for family or personal reasons in exchange for proportionately less pay each pay period throughout the year.

This program makes it convenient for eligible employees to take extra time off when they need it without bearing the financial burden that goes with it at the same time.

Study leave

Each application for study leave will be assessed on its merit.

Unpaid Leave

Negotiable.

Volunteer/Community leave

Negotiable.

Cultural/Ceremonial leave

As part of some enterprise agreements an employee who is legitimately required by Aboriginal tradition to be absent from work for Aboriginal ceremonial purposes will be entitled to up to ten working days unpaid leave in any one year, with the approval of the employer.

In the company-wide Employee Survey in 2010, 83.7% of Ramsay Health Care employees agreed with the statement:
“My organisation offers flexible work practices which help me to manage my work-life balance”

Ramsay Health Care also offer our employees the opportunity to cash out annual leave and Long Service Leave and enable our employees to take twice the leave at half pay (where legislation permits).

Other examples of flexible work arrangements include
• Pro-rata access to long service leave included in some Enterprise Agreements
• Natural Disaster leave
• Alternate leave arrangements
• Breastfeeding – lactation breaks


Childcare

Greenslopes Private Hospital has an onsite childcare centre.

Employee Assistance Program

Ramsay Health Care Employee Assistance Program is an initiative to provide staff with confidential counselling and support for either work related or personal problems.
As part of our commitment to achieving and maintaining safe, healthy, equitable and productive workplaces, Ramsay Health Care provides access for all Australian-based employees to this service, which provides access to appropriate, timely, professional and confidential counselling and support services for employees for professional, personal, health or work-related issues.
A testament to RHC’s commitment to employee’s wellbeing is our award winning involvement in RUOK? Day in 2010 in which Ramsay employees ‘checked in’ with colleagues, peers, family and friends to ask RU OK? over morning tea and coffee in many of our hospitals.

Health/Well-being allowances/discounts

Ramsay Healthcare national Employee Benefits program is a comprehensive employee benefits program that incorporates a number of optional programs, resources and services which provide employees with access to a wide range of privileges in areas related to lifestyle, health and wellbeing, discounted health insurance, retail and service discounts and financial services and education.
Ramsay Health Care has recently introduced an Employee Hospital Discount for employees and their immediate families who are admitted as patients at any Ramsay owned hospital. The discount applies to all permanent staff and their immediate families, regardless of their level of private health insurance cover. This discount can be applied to out-of-pocket expenses, including excesses, co-payments and incidentals as well as an uninsured account.

Breastfeeding Policy

Ramsay Health Care supports and promotes breastfeeding and provides all staff with opportunity to gain skills and knowledge that will assist them to implement best practice in infant feeding management.

Social/Sports Club

Ramsay Employees Benefits Program and the opportunity to participate in many corporate challenges.

Wellness Program

Ramsay Wellness Program is a multi award winning program specifically designed to keep our employees happy and healthy. At Ramsay the health and wellbeing of our employees is our priority! A wide range of health and wellbeing services are available to support each employee’s physical, emotional and financial health and to help people successfully achieve their work life balance goals.
Ramsay facilities have already been recognised as leaders in this field, having won the:
• National Human Resources Award for Best Health and Wellbeing Strategy four years running (Greenslopes 2006/07/09 and Kareena 2008)
• Australian Human Resources Institute Leadership Award for Best Health and Wellbeing Strategy (Greenslopes, 2009)
• ACCI/BCA National Work & Family Award (now National Work Life Balance Awards) (Greenslopes 2005)
• Accreditation as a World Health Organisation Health Promoting Hospital (Greenslopes 2005, Kareena 2008).
Wellness programs across the various Ramsay Health Care sites include many of the following:
• Onsite gym
• Onsite childcare centre
• Financial wellness programs
• Health and fitness programs
• Health and wellness awareness campaigns
Each program is specifically tailored to meet the health needs of the employees at each participating hospital. We conduct health assessments to help employees determine their health priorities and then we work proactively to develop practical and cost effective strategies to help employees achieve their goals.
Each year employees can participate in organisation wide activities designed to increase incidental exercise, improve nutritional knowledge and participate in health promotion activities to raise awareness of critical community health issues.

50+ Program
At Ramsay Health Care we value experience. More than a third of our current workforce is aged over 50 years of age. We know that means these employees have a broad range of work and life experiences and skills that contribute to the success of our organisation every day.
In recognition of the contribution and commitment of this workforce we have established 50+. The 50+ program is specifically designed to meet the needs of employees aged 50 and over. Based on the successful three year pilot program developed in WA, 50+ is all about addressing the changing needs and expectations of our employees to provide a working environment and culture that supports career and life goals.
Ramsay has a genuine commitment to working with our employee to provide great opportunities to enhance
• lifestyle
• leisure pursuits
• health and wellbeing
• money and financial education
• progressing a career at Ramsay
Our goal is to provide a helping hand with the important aspects of life so that our employees can continue to be happy and productive in their working life for longer.

Salary Sacrificing
Yes, contrary to popular belief, this is benefit IS available in the private health sector! Salary packaging of a variety of personal expenses is available to permanent employees at all Ramsay Health Care sites and workplaces.
If you haven’t come across salary packaging before it can be a concept that many people find confusing; but put quite simply, it means that you pay for certain personal expenses from your salary BEFORE your tax is calculated. The result is you pay less tax and therefore have more disposable income! Examples of items that can be packaged to reduce your taxable income include, motor vehicles, computers and self education expenses.


Position

Group HR Admin Assistant

Employment Status
Full Time
Average Weekly Working Hrs

38

Gender
Female
Age Group
21 - 30

Ramsay Health Care's work-life practices provide employees with options to suit their lifestyle and ultimately promote a happier place to work

How important is work life balance to you and why?

As a full-time employee I feel as though I need to keep a good work life balance to ensure I don’t burn myself out.

What work life balance practices have you used that are offered by your organisation?

Having the flexibility to choose the hours I work and when I have personal appointments being able to work around them.

What has been the major benefit to your life due to work life balance practices that you have accessed through your work?

Flexibility.

Personal Benefits

To walk my dog (when it is light) before I commence work, as in winter it is too dark to do so after work.

Family Benefits

I do not have children as yet, but knowing I will have the choice to amend my hours in the future to suit my family requirements will be of great benefit and relief.

How has your organisation managed to achieve the benefits of work life balance?

By providing their staff with a number of different options to suit all age groups to provide flexible work practices.

What is unique about the work life balance practices that are offered by your organisation?

I don't know of many other organisations that provide such benefits - that taking up such practices is encouraged and promoted.

Do you feel that work life balance initiatives are available to most staff?

Yes.

Can you offer any advice to others who want to manage their work life balance better?

To try and take advantage of what is offered to you by Ramsay.

Position

Administration Coordinator

Employment Status
Part Time
Average Weekly Working Hrs

24

Gender
Female
Age Group
31 - 40

My company enables myself and other employees to be able to manage home life and work life – it makes happy staff!

How important is work life balance to you and why?

Work life balance is very important to me as I have a young family, it means that I can be at special school events.

What work life balance practices have you used that are offered by your organisation?

Flexible hours and ability to work from home.

What has been the major benefit to your life due to work life balance practices that you have accessed through your work?

Not missing school events and being able to work from home when the kids are sick.

Personal Benefits

I can start early or finish late if I need to go to the gym or an appointment during the day.

Family Benefits

I am able to pick children up from school or stay in the mornings for a class activity.

Organisation Benefits

Being part time encourages me to be more productive as I know I only have 3 days a week for work and my employer is flexible for me so I want to do my best.

How has your organisation managed to achieve the benefits of work life balance?

My company enables myself and other employees to be able to manage home life and work life.

What is unique about the work life balance practices that are offered by your organisation?

Very approachable.

Do you feel that work life balance initiatives are available to most staff?

Yes I do.

Can you offer any advice to others who want to manage their work life balance better?

Ask your employer if it is possible, they may not realise that you need more flexibility.


Key Roles


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