Companies avoid family-friendly policies

UK
employers are ignoring staff demands for family-friendly policies, according to
research.

The
report, by employee benefits firm Youatwork, claims that nine out of 10
employers believe that family-friendly employment policies will become more
important in the next five years, but only one in 10 provide staff with
assistance.

The
survey, of 800 employees, found a third of workers under 45 years of age wanted
their company to improve childcare benefits, while 16 per cent of those over 45
want better benefits to help them care for elderly parents.

Gerry
Callaghan, managing director of employee benefits firm Youatwork, said:
"Employers need to look more carefully at the kind of benefits they are
offering staff. Providing a one-size-fits-all benefits package is not suitable
for today’s workforce.

"Employers
who meet these diverse demands will undoubtedly maintain an advantage over
their competitors by recruiting and retaining staff from a much wider talent
pool." 

By
Paul Nelson

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