Employers now are twice as likely to offer enhanced parental leave. The number of job postings that offer enhanced parental leave have doubled since last year, according to new data. Enhanced parental leave is defined as being above the statutory minimum required in the UK. And this can go a long way towards attracting and keeping the best talent.
It’s important for employees to feel supported by the company they work for, and paid leave programmes lead to improved wellbeing, productivity, and loyalty.
Flexibility or a four-day week?
While a third of employers have cut a day off their standard working week, new research has found that jobseekers would rather have flexible working instead. 45% of people said that the term ‘flexible working’ in a job advert was enough to make them apply, whereas 40% said they’d be more swayed by ‘four-day working week’.
Whilst there isn’t much in it, what the data does show is that people are still favouring a better work/life balance, so it may be the key to attracting the best talent to your business.
National Bullying Prevention Month
In October it’s National Bullying Prevention Month, and because bullying doesn’t just happen at school, as an employer it’s something you need to take seriously. You have a responsibility to make sure your employees feel safe and are protected from bullying from colleagues in any form.
1. Bullying can be verbal, physical, or online
2. Victims may be anxious, withdrawn, or take excess time off
3. If someone is being bullied, speak up!
4. If you don’t stop it, it can have an impact on the entire business
5. Create a strong bullying & harassment policy and make sure everyone has a copy
6. Ensure any complaints should be taken seriously and investigated quickly,
Make the most of October to really ensure your people are aware of your business’ stance on bullying and create an environment where it’s not tolerated by anyone. If you need help, we’re always on hand – just give us a call!
Welcome, never has there been a time when looking after the mental health and wellbeing of you employees has been so important, see our section on health and wellbeing for tips to help you look after your employees.