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Childcare awards promote healthy work-life balance

Claire Tennyson

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Claire Tennyson

EMPLOYERS who were being recognised at an awards ceremony in Galgorm last week said they understand that "people have a life outside of their job".

Employers for Childcare charity hosted their eighth annual awards event in Galgorm Manor on Wednesday (October 24).

The awards were being handed out to employers who go above and beyond the legal requirements to help their staff achieve a better work-life balance.

Local companies who made it through to the finalist stage included Dixons Contractors, Dunloy and Moore Concrete and Caterpillar.

Nicola Mowbray, HR officer for Moore Concrete, was among one of the entrants for a prestigious award.

Speaking to the Ballymena Guardian she said their company are very much aware that people have a ‘life outside work’.

"We understand it is difficult for working parents with young children and we therefore have that flexibility available," Nicola explained.

"If companies don't take this approach then they risk losing out on very skilled workers who will go elsewhere if they can not find a working pattern that suits them."

Nicola said Moore Concrete recently held their first family fun day which allowed staff to bring children along to the site to see where their parents worked.

"I think these types of activities are wonderful in engaging the whole family and allowing children to see what mummy and daddy do on a daily basis."

Chief Executive of Employers of Childcare, Marie Marin, said she has witnessed a big increase in the number of calls the charity has been receiving in recent years.

"A lot of working parents are not aware that there is help out there in putting the best possible working pattern together for their individual needs.

"We have a helpline that people can ring and our team can give them an individual calculation of what the best thing financially is for them."

Head of HR in Mid and East Antrim Council, Richard Cromie, said it was excellent to see companies being recognised.

“It is great to see these businesses being recognised for demonstrating best practise fore their employees.”

Last year Employers for Childcare helped 10,500 working parents and carried out 6,500 personalised benefit checks.

Working parents who received one of these checks identified average savings of £4,310.

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