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Krispy Kreme gives three hours of paid leave to encourage ANZ staff vaccinations

The chain stated that getting vaccinated is not mandatory, but a personal choice.

Krispy Kreme is encouraging its workforce of 1,000 people in Australia and New Zealand to get their COVID-19 vaccines by offering three hours of paid leave.

In an internal memo shared to QSR Media, the doughnut brand said it will provide 1.5 hours of paid leave per dose to all full-time, part-time and eligible casual staff. 

“As of 3 August 2021, over 14.5 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have already been administered across Australia and New Zealand. However, to fully re-open our two great nations and avoid further lockdowns, we are reliant on more people getting vaccinated. At Krispy Kreme, we are supportive of this Community Goal,” it said.

The chain clarified that getting vaccinated is a personal choice for staff and that they are not making it mandatory for them to work.

“We are passionate however about supporting those that are eligible and want to get vaccinated, to do so. Please consult your medical practitioner where there are questions or concerns,” the memo added.

In an interview with QSR Media, ANZ CEO Andrew McGuigan described the initiative as a support mechanism that he hopes would help amplify the Health and Government message within its workforce.

“I think there's a real opportunity for all industry to step up and play a role,” he said. “COVID-19 has been a shared experienced for all of us, and so many employers have worked in partnership with their staff towards a common goal – to keep their people safe and to stay operational. I get a real sense of trust and understanding in the decisions business leaders are making.

"Our culture at Krispy Kreme is to be open and where there’s hesitation, let’s understand why, listen up and bring the facts. We want a culture where we arm our people with information, promote the conversation, and celebrate that everybody's going to do their part to keep this community safe.”

“The QSR and F&B industry is out there serving customers day in, day out. It's a big, mobile workforce and a critical area to get positive momentum on vaccination that the community needs from all of us," he added.

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