Multinational law firm Pinsent Masons has been named as one of the top ten family friendly employers in the UK by work life balance charity, Working Families.
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 UK 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.
“Being named a top ten family friendly employer by Working families for the fourth year in a row is testament to the firm’s commitment to providing a working environment and practices that are conducive to working parents and carers.
“With the COVID-19 pandemic seeing the majority of our people working from home and adapting to this, our working parents and carers have also had the additional challenge of looking after and, in some cases, educating their children too. Our ability to exercise our agile and flexible approach has never been more important but we recognise that this is a journey and there is more work to be done.” Kate Fergusson, Head of Responsible Business
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 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.