Coleman Greig creates work-life balance

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Coleman Greig is a legal firm based in Parramatta in Western Sydney. The largest Commercial law firm outside the Sydney CBD, Coleman Greig offers a range of services including commercial advice, litigation, property law, employment law, business migration, family law and estate planning.

The firm’s approach to employee development has influenced exceptional client service and staff motivation, commitment and satisfaction. For the last 15 years, Coleman Greig has worked closely with University of Western Sydney School of Law to offer a legal cadet program. Currently, the firm has seven qualified lawyers who came through the program. The Coleman Greig Women in Business Forum hosts four events a year, giving leadership and support staff the chance to be inspired by a high calibre of speakers and help raise funds for different charities.

Coleman Greig values professional excellence, integrity and the ability to build relationships with its clients based on competence and trust. In response to being an ABA100 Winner for Employer of Choice in The Australian Business Awards 2014, Elicha Reitsma, Human Resources Manager said, “our people are integral in maintaining our position as Western Sydney’s leading law firm. Receiving this award reaffirms that we are creating an environment and workplace that our staff are proud to be a part of.”

Recognising the importance of a work-life balance, Coleman Greig’s support to employees extends after hours with an Employee Assistance Program and Dial-an-Angel services allowing employees access to in-home emergency childcare services at the expense of Coleman Greig. Flexible work practices are encourages with options to job share, work part time or from home. Staff can also purchase and sell annual leave.

A committed Human Relations team oversees numerous initiatives big and small – from the weekly delivery of fruit to the creation of sustainability advocates, social events, Wellness Week, staff lunches and celebrations, Lord Mayor’s Corporate Dodge Ball Challenge and more. The program ‘Big Ideas’ captures and develops the ideas of all staff. Regular feedback surveys, meetings, and catch-ups supplement the open door policy and create a strong culture of communication.