‘Family life a greater priority as a result of Covid’

Forty-eight per cent of employees say family life has become a bigger priority over Covid, with men slightly more likely to say so, according to a new survey.

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Nearly half of employees see family life as a higher priority than before the pandemic, with men slightly more likely to say this, according to a new survey.

The Work+Family Snapshot 2021 from employer solutions, nursery, and back-up care provider Bright Horizons also showed that loyalty and productivity are both positively impacted by employers providing family support.

Over 1,300 employees were surveyed, with the research showing a clear link between employers providing family-friendly services and employees’ ratings of productivity, engagement, loyalty and wellbeing.

The survey also showed that women’s career aspirations and ambition remain as high as men’s.

Jennifer Liston-Smith, Head of Thought Leadership at Bright Horizons, said: “Family friendly employers reap the rewards when it comes to engagement with their employees. Having tangible solutions in place to help with work and life challenges for employees is something that has boosted wellbeing and loyalty during recent extreme times and which smart employers will continue to provide, given the engagement premium.”

She added: “In times like these, it’s vital to share best practice and experience for the way forward…Organisations and leaders who have done well in taking a flexible approach to the recent trying times, backed up by practical support, have boosted employee loyalty and engagement for the longer term.”



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