Deloitte aims to create an inclusive culture to support its working parents, particularly when it comes to emergencies.
It intends to keep its childcare costs low for its mobile and versatile workforce and the organisation. Caroline Hunt, director of HR and head of client service HR at Deloitte, says: “Of our 15,000 staff, many work from home or overseas, so we need to consider their needs and match what we offer to those.”
Deloitte has an emergency childcare scheme provided by My Family Care, which offers both short- and long-term benefits such as after-school clubs or nannies. Hunt says: “It allows us to ask employees to come into the office last minute without having to worry about childcare, because it’s all funded by us.
“Staff need access to emergency childcare in case other arrangements fall through or they need to do some client work, which is good for the business and our workers.”
Deloitte also offers its working parents shared parental leave and agile working, which can help them cope in an emergency. The organisation also provides practical advice for its working parents through its Working Parents Transitions Programme, which offers employees support before they go on paternity or maternity leave.