Baines Wilson comment on making family friendly workplaces

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Baines Wilson comment on making family friendly workplaces

86% of HR professionals say making workplaces family friendly could help boost recruitment

92% say more needs to be done

A survey amongst HR professionals including some of Cumbria's largest companies revealed that 86% think that making offices more family friendly could help boost recruitment.

92% of respondents thought that more needs to be done to make workplaces more family friendly. Despite these concerns, 76%, thought their own workplace was family friendly.

The survey was conducted by employment law specialists Baines Wilson who advise a wide range of businesses in North West. The survey represents the views of 95 HR professionals across the region.

Joanne Holborn, head of employment at Baines Wilson (a BECBC member), commented “Last year our survey showed that 65% of HR professionals thought that the problems of recruiting staff was one of the main challenges facing Cumbrian businesses. This research highlights that creating a family friendly culture could help address this issue.     

“However, it is good to see that so many respondents say their workplaces are family friendly.  This demonstrates that Cumbrian businesses are in line with the major UK firms in knowing that, to attract and retain the brightest and best, it is important to create a healthy workplace culture, creating a family friendly environment that allows for flexible working.  And as businesses with staff over 250 report on their gender pay gap, creating a family friendly culture can also help address gender pay imbalances.”