Grants awarded to employers which promote work-life balance

Up
to 120,000 employees are set to benefit from government grants designed to
promote working practices which encourage innovative way of improving work-life
balance.

A
total of £4 million has been won by companies across the country which have
demonstrated a long-term commitment to improving work-life balance for their
staff and a desire to share their improved practices with other employers.

The
Challenge Fund prize was this year won by 93 public, private and voluntary organisations,
which will each receive between £20,000 and £55,000.

The
fund also provides free consultancy support for employers who want to develop
and implement good policies and working practices for their workforce.

Employment
relations minister Alan Johnson, who announced the winners, said, “More
organisations are realising that offering employees a better work-life balance
is the way forward for the workplace.

“British
workers want a satisfying job, but they want it as part of a fulfilling life
outside the workplace. It is very encouraging to see so many different and
varied organisations committed to introducing and developing more innovative,
flexible and imaginative working practices.”

The
£4million awarded this week is part of an overall prize of £10.5 million
available over a three-year period.

By
Robert De La Poer

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