We’ve sponsored the Employers for Working Families Benchmark and Award since 2011. It’s something very important to us, given that providing childcare vouchers to help families with their childcare costs is one of our most popular salary sacrifice schemes, and we strongly believe in maintaining a healthy work/life balance. So we felt that it was about time we benchmarked ourselves against other companies, and we’re delighted to have been awarded a place in the Top 30 Employers for Working Families.
How does it work?
Each year the charity Working Families asks employers to complete a benchmark survey, showing what measures they have implemented to support family-friendly work practices. All companies who complete the benchmark receive a detailed report from Working Families, highlighting the areas where they are ahead of, and where they are behind, other companies. In this way, employers can understand and celebrate what works well, as well as assess what can be improved. The participating employers who are doing the most to support working families gain a place on the Top Employers for Working Families list.
How do we support working families?
There are a number of ways in which we support employees with families including, but not limited to, the following:
- Generous maternity and paternity leave pay
- Easily accessible policies and information packs
- Flexible working
- Employee Assistance Programme
- Networking groups
- Career breaks
- Buddy Parent Scheme
- Childcare Vouchers
Why do we do this?
We are committed to providing a positive work environment for all our employees, and supporting their family life is just one element of this. We recognise that to attract and retain the most talented people, we need to give them a really happy and rewarding experience, helping them to achieve their professional goals and promoting their general wellbeing. As our MD, Julian Foster, commented, “The best employees have rounded lives, and the best employers do not force their staff to compromise their commitment to their families. Flexible working creates happier and healthier workforces that are hardworking, committed and loyal, as well as improving engagement and increasing productivity.”
What’s next for us?
We will continue to develop our family-friendly working practices as a result of the insights gained from this year’s survey, and we look forward to building on our progress so far.
A big thank you to Working Families and congratulations to all the other employers who made the list.