Balancing work and caring
The workforce of HEE represents the diversity of the UK population. This includes having staff with parental, and other caring, responsibilities.
Health and well-being applies as much to our employees as it does to the local population and we want to do as much as we can to enable our employees to be at their best, be energised, motivated and committed to their work – whilst also enjoying the most out of their family life.
To support those staff with children, HEE has become a member of Working Families – the UK’s leading work-life balance organisation. The charity helps working parents and carers, and their employers, find a better balance between responsibilities at home and work.
23 September 2016 is ‘Go Home On Time Day’, as a member of Working Families HEE will be encouraging staff to reassess their work-life balance and improve their well-being both in the workplace and at home.
HEE has been accredited by the Tommy’s Pregnancy at Work scheme. The scheme offers a wealth of information and support for parents to be and for staff returning to work after pregnancy. Tommy’s also provides support when pregnancies don’t go to plan, including access to a helpline that is staffed by experienced midwives trained in bereavement support and counselling.
For more information visit the Tommy’s website or @tommys_baby.
Work life balance is important because, according to gohomeontimeday.com:
- 23% of parents feel that they have a constant conflict between work and family life.
- fewer than half of parents leave work on time every day.
- 31% of parents report no flexible working on offer where they work.
- 42% of parents would like to use less childcare and spend more time with their children.