HR consulting firm takes on work-life balance

Mercer
Human Resource Consulting has secured more than £500,000 worth of work-life
balance projects through the DTI Work-Life Balance Challenge Fund. 

Mercer’s
Health Management Consulting team will undertake more than 20 projects over the
next year, the most assigned to a single consultancy since the fund began four
years ago.

The
DTI Challenge Fund provides businesses with consultancy support to promote
innovative working practices to help employees enjoy a better work-life
balance, and to improve business performance. 
Organisations in any industry and service sector can apply for funding.

Organisations
Mercer will be working with include Aberdeen City Council, Epsom and St Helier
NHS Trust, Shoefayre Ltd in partnership with Usdaw, and The CERT Group of
Companies. The funding will go towards implementing work-life practices, which
range from flexible working through to job sharing and part-time working, to
career breaks and improved maternity and paternity leave.

Christine
Owen, head of health management consulting at Mercer, said: "We are
delighted to have secured these projects and look forward to working with
clients on a variety of work-life balance initiatives."

She
added: "Work-life balance practices can benefit everyone – a happy,
motivated workforce will be a more productive one, and this is often reflected
in low staff turnover and absenteeism."

By Ben Willmott