Life outside work

At Direct Line Group, we have a set of policies to support you to do the things that matter to you outside of work so you can flourish and thrive in work.

Whether parents, grandparents, carers or pursuing your dreams in other ways, we want to help you focus on the things that are important to you.

Our policies are simple and flexible. They recognise the fact that everyone’s circumstances are different and they’re the starting point for you to have a conversation with your people manager about balancing the things that matter in your life.
Support at Direct Line Group includes:
  • Employees with at least one year’s service receive full pay during the first 20 weeks of maternity and adoption leave.  Those with six months’ service receive full pay during the first 10 weeks whilst all core benefits remain in place for all employees.
  • Shared parental leave and pay mirrors our maternity and adoption benefits and our employees can ask to split their leave into shorter periods with periods of work in between.
  • Up to 12 weeks’ full pay as part of a phased return to work following a period of maternity/adoption/shared parental leave for all employees.
  • Two weeks paid paternity leave for all employees.
  • Up to four weeks’ unpaid parental leave each year is also available to all parents, carers and grandparents (recognising the increasingly important role that they play in childcare).
  • A period of paid compassionate leave can be agreed for anyone experiencing, for example, the bereavement, or serious illness of, a close relative or dependent.
  • Paid time off and/or flexible working arrangements can be agreed during IVF investigations and treatment.
  • Up to 12 months unpaid lifestyle break for anyone wishing to pursue something that really matters to them such as volunteering, travelling, extending maternity leave or re-training
  • Reasonable time off to deal with emergencies involving those that depend on them
  • All of our employees have the right to request to work flexibly.  We’ll always do our best to be as flexible as possible.
Work should be an enjoyable part of your life too. We like to think your colleagues will become your friends. That’s why we encourage staff social gatherings, whether that’s casual drinks after work or big, formal events. Most of our departments also organise away days, giving you the opportunity to get together in a new environment, and learn more about the business and each other. 

Charity starts at work

You and your team mates might want to get together to do something fun and challenging for a great cause, like a sponsored trek or cycle ride. Or you might want to do something as an individual. Either way, you could qualify for a cash award from us to boost your fundraising total. Or maybe you’d prefer to set time aside to volunteer for a community group or charity. However you’d like to play your part, we’ll encourage you to make a difference for great causes at home or abroad.

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