Back to school…back to work
As the school holidays draw to an end and the shoe shops fill with frantic parents trying to juggle the school’s demand for "sensible" with their beloved off spring’s desire for “cool,” many Mums and Dads are thinking longingly of a return to the sanity that is their 9-5 job, while others may be starting to think about a part-time return to work that fits around being there for the kids.
It is widely recognised that engagement, productivity and motivation as well as employee retention rates increase significantly in companies that have a positive and family-friendly work culture.
So how can you be a family-friendly company to all of your employees who are doing the work-home juggle?
Firstly, there has to be senior management buy-in to the idea of a family-friendly work culture. This has to be lead from the top for it to work. Then there are numerous other aspects to consider – none of which are difficult and many of which can benefit all employees whether they have children or not:
These thoughts aren't about pandering to some employees or allowing perks to parents over other employees – this is about good business practice and creating a positive open culture that enables everyone to be and do their very best at work. Now back to those shoes..
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