Leading commercial law firm Hill Dickinson is reaffirming its commitment to staff wellbeing in a new partnership with Bright Horizons. The Work+Family solutions and education provider will provide all UK-based Hill Dickinson employees and partners with a range of services including back-up care, expert one-to-one advice sessions on combining work and family, and a wide range of online resources.
The pandemic has had a huge impact on the way staff expect to work and this has important implications for both workers and the companies that employ them. Research by Bright Horizons shows three quarters of working parents carefully consider their childcare and eldercare responsibilities before accepting a new job or promotion. Working families now expect more flexibility from their employers in both the hours they work and the locations they work from, and they increasingly look to their employer to support with care as a necessary part of the business infrastructure.
Carolyn Morgan, HR Director at Hill Dickinson, said: “Investing in our people is the most important investment we can make as a business. We’re pleased to be adding to the benefits we already offer by partnering with Bright Horizons to help offer practical support with care and advice to enhance our colleagues’ wellbeing.
“We’ve committed to the Mindful Business Charter and part of this is to help improve the workplace by removing avoidable stress. The back-up care aspect of our partnership with Bright Horizons will support our intention here and help give colleagues peace of mind that care arrangements are not something they need to worry about, no matter how last minute a change is needed.
“It’s great that Bright Horizons offers a ‘one-stop-shop’ and that the care and other resources are so easy for our people to access. We want to support everyone in the business and provide them with practical solutions that empower them to work no matter what their personal responsibilities are.”
Denise Priest, Director of Employer Partnerships at Bright Horizons, said: “Our most recent Modern Families Index Spotlight report found that working parents say life is becoming more stressful. And with 38% also telling us that they plan to look for a new job in the next 12 months, any practical support that an employer can provide their staff could have huge benefits for both the employees and the company’s staff retention rates. We’re pleased to be working with a forward-thinking firm such as Hill Dickinson and anticipate a long and successful partnership.”
Through the partnership, Hill Dickinson staff will now be able to access Bright Horizons back-up care for 10 fully subsidised sessions. This includes all types of care, such as in-home care for children, adults or elders, in-centre nurseries, childminders, holiday clubs and virtual tutoring. They will also have access to the Work + Family Space, which has an extensive range of online resources, as well as one-to-one advice through Speak To an Expert and Care Choices. They will also be able to book babysitters through Bubble.