Benefits an organisation can offer to enhance its reputation as a family-friendly employer include emergency childcare, school holiday clubs, nursery discounts and travel insurance for family holidays, as well as childcare vouchers and flexible working arrangements.
A multinational law firm has been named as one of the top ten family friendly employers in the United Kingdom by work life balance charity, Working Families.
Pinsent Masons is a law firm which specialises in the energy, infrastructure, financial services, real estate and advanced manufacturing and technology sectors. The firm ranks among the top hundred law firms in the world by turnover.
It is the fourth year in a row that Pinsent Masons has been listed in the top ten, after securing a top ten place for the first time in 2017.
Work life balance charity, Working Families, benchmarks organisations across the United Kingdom that lead the way in building family friendly and flexible workplaces. Public, private and third sector businesses compete annually to gain a place on the list.
Central to this has been the firm’s focus on agile working, enabling employees to flex their time to accommodate for family commitments when needed, which has been particularly vital during lockdown.
In addition, they encourage and promote shared parental leave and use some of their male lawyers as role models for this.
Over the last year, the firm has worked closely with their Family Support Network and Mental Health Champions to run an extensive programme to help working parents and carers support their children’s mental health.
In addition, throughout the COVID-19 lockdown they have provided webinars and additional support around the mental health and wellbeing challenges faced by their people.
The law firm is now focused on how best to supporting working parents and carers as people begin to return to offices and children return to school.