“As a full time employee for Clanrye Group they have been very supportive when it comes to my family responsibilities . I am able to drop my kids to school a few mornings per week and make up the time during the working day which really helps me”
In what way do family friendly initiatives benefit your organisation?
One of Clanrye Group’s core values is people first and the commitment we make to our customers, our staff and our local community. We are continuously striving to provide an excellent service to all staff and by focusing on a range of quality employee support policies and initiatives that enhance the working lives of our staff it in effect enriches the services we provide. By enabling staff to balance their home and personal lives with work we create a positive, healthy, fun and supportive working environment for all. As a result 100% of staff would recommend Clanrye as a great place to work.
How has Employers For Childcare helped you / your organisation?
Employers for Childcare Vouchers have gone down a treat with our staff members with a few currently availing of them. We have also received great guidance and advice on what support is available for staff.
Why did you decide to apply for the Awards?
One of the first things you notice when you enter a Clanrye office is how happy the staff are. Our customers and organisations we work with are forever commenting that Clanrye Group seems like a fantastic place to work. Consequently we felt it was important to enter and showcase both the work we do across the organisation and the strong progressive culture we have integrated to improve the working lives of our staff. As an Investors in People organisation we understand the value placed on workplace ethos and feel that Clanrye is highly responsive to the needs of our staff across Northern Ireland. These awards have been a fantastic opportunity to evaluate and recognise what we already had in place and to learn from other organisations on how to continue to improve.
What did it mean to you winning this award?
This was our first time entering the Employers For Childcare Family Friendly Awards and it was amazing to receive a Highly Commended Award in the Charity/Social Enterprise in 2017. We are very proud of this achievement and our team greatly appreciated the recognition. As an organisation that provides a Family Support Programme to local families where staff continuously promote the importance of positive family life it meant so much to be recognised externally as an organisation that supports working families and enhances working lives.
What did you enjoy the most about the Awards Ceremony?
As this was our first time attending the Awards our staff did not know what to expect. This year we have a waiting list of staff wanting to attend should we get shortlisted! The Ceremony was fantastic from the location at the Galgorm to the food and the warm atmosphere. It was a fantastic networking opportunity for our staff to speak to and learn from other like-minded, family friendly organisations. The staff who attended came back with lots of ideas, tips and information from Employers – some of which Clanrye Group have piloted this year.
What do you hope to achieve in the future regarding family friendly policies?
As a result of the tips we picked up last year and staff feedback Clanrye we have a few exciting new initiatives that are being piloted this year which we hope will greatly enhance the working lives of our team, their families and the people we support.