EXCLUSIVE: Workplace Options launches work-life balance programme

Workplace Options, in partnership with childcare provider Bright Horizons and charity the National Childbirth Trust (NCT), has introduced a work-life balance programme.

The programme, Working Family Advantage, helps employers create a family-friendly culture in the workplace.

It includes:

  • One-to-one coaching sessions to help parents and carers find a work-life balance.
  • Group training and development sessions to develop manager and employee skills in addressing the competing demands of work and family.
  • An employee assistance programme (EAP), which offers a variety of services to protect organisations against stress litigation and improve employee effectiveness.
  • Back-up car for one-off breakdowns in planned care arrangements so employees can focus at work.
  • Membership of the NCT, which offers access to a host of information and support for soon-to-be or new parents.

Alan King, managing partner at Workplace Options, said: “Organisations that learn to support these employees now will be the most successful in the longer term.

“Parents and carers often develop skills that are crucial to business success, such as leadership, planning and multi-tasking. It makes practical sense to retain these talented employees, and financially it also impacts positively on the bottom line.”

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