New Ways of Working

We get it: you need flexibility to balance work and the rest of your life, especially your commitments to caring for others. Through New Ways of Working, you can take care of what — and who — matters most. 

New PTO purchase program

During Annual Enrollment, you can elect to purchase additional paid time off (PTO)* to use the following year:

  • If you’re normally eligible for 5 or 6 weeks of PTO, you can purchase 3 or 5 days. **
  • If you’re normally eligible for 3 or 4 weeks of PTO, you can purchase 3, 5 or 10 days. **

How it works

  • You pay for purchased PTO through before-tax payroll deductions over the next calendar year at your current rate of pay. The amount you pay can change during the year as your salary changes.
  • All regular, accrued PTO (Company-paid PTO), including any carryover, must be used before using purchased PTO.
  • Purchased PTO cannot be carried over to the next year.
  • If you do not use all of your purchased PTO by the end of the year, you will be refunded for your purchased PTO by your final paycheck in December.
  • If your employment ends, any unused, purchased PTO will be paid out on your final paycheck.

NOTE: PTO purchase is available if you were hired by October 1, 2020. Otherwise, PTO purchase is not available in the year you are hired. You can only make changes during the Annual Enrollment period each year.

For more details, visit Rewards@Schneider.

*  Does not apply to Oxford union.
** These will be noted as hours when purchasing in BenefitsLink. One day of purchased PTO equals 8 hours, regardless of the number of hours you are normally scheduled to work in a day.

Additional holiday

Schneider Electric will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day* by giving this as a paid day off to all U.S non-union employees, increasing to 12 total paid holidays each year. Refer to Rewards@Schneider for the 2021 holiday schedule.

*Does not apply to Oxford union.

Care@Work benefits
Through Care@Work, Schneider Electric gives you:
  • 5 days per year of Company-subsidized back-up child care, adult/elder care or pet care for last-minute emergencies when full-time care is not available, and
  • A free premium membership.

Back-up care

When you need emergency care, you pay only $5 per hour for in-home care or $10 per day for care in a Care@Work center:
  • Access centers or in-home providers that are employees or from fully vetted partner agencies.
  • Use your own personal network (such as a neighbor, family member, friend).
A membership allows you to:
  • Browse the large, national network of local caregivers or providers.
  • Post a job describing your needs for housekeeping, pet sitting or child care.
  • Set up interviews, access background check options and pay your providers through
  • Access tools, articles, blogs, calculators to help make more informed hiring decisions.
Look for more information on how to use the program at Rewards@Schneider and additional announcements coming soon!
Voluntary part-time employment

Another New Way of Working is the new voluntary part-time employment,* designed to give you flexibility at work. You’ll have two opportunities to enroll:

  • During Annual Enrollment for:
    • 20, 24 or 32 hours per week
    • 6 months (January – June) or 12 months (January – December)
  • During Q2 for:
    • 20, 24 or 32 hours per week
    • 3 months (June – August) or 6 months (June – December)

Learn more at Rewards@Schneider.

To enroll, make your request via support@Schneider. Your manager must approve your request. You’ll find out if your request is approved through updates to your support@Schneider ticket.

* Not available to manufacturing hourly employees.

Get rewarded for your healthy habits.

Available to you and your spouse (if they’re covered on a Schneider Electric medical plan), Virgin Pulse can help you prioritize well-being goals and activities each day.

  • Healthy habits: Select healthy habits you want to focus on and track your progress.
  • Challenges: Work toward your goals in a fun, competitive atmosphere by joining corporate challenges. You can even challenge yourself – or your friends – to live a healthier life by creating your own personal challenges.
  • Activity tracking: Tracking activities through Virgin Pulse – like steps, workouts and sleep – helps you visualize your progress and earn rewards! Track easily by syncing on your phone or on your activity tracker, or enter your activities manually.
  • Reach your goals: Get help to stay focused on achieving specific health goals with resources like sleep and nutrition guides as well as personal health coaches.
  • So much more: Get more fuel for your daily well-being goals by exploring everything Virgin Pulse has to offer, including Journeys, virtual fitness and mindfulness sessions and more!

Hear how Kara Greer uses the workout reminders from Virgin Pulse.