29 May This forward-thinking company has a ‘Kids club’
by Matthew Martino
How many companies can honestly say that they are doing everything they can to support a healthy work/life balance ?
Well second generation family business, Bedfont®, shows it has family values at its core with their progressive kids club for employees.
Bedfont®, a small family-run business specialises in the design and manufacture of breath and gas analysis monitors for medical application.
For 3 years now, the company has provided employees with a ‘kids club’ that has been helping their staff to maintain a healthy work-life balance; a factor which makes the small company of 39 a very progressive and desirable company to work for.
Jason Smith, managing director, said, “On a few occasions half the business needed time off to look after their children during the holidays, meaning holiday was being used solely to take care of children instead of being used for other leisure.
He added “This meant that at times business would be an operational nightmare but so would people’s work life-balance; parents had to alternate weeks off from work and therefore the time allocated for them to spend together as a family is seriously diminished, additionally the added pressure of trying to balance work duties whilst trying to find the time to look after your children during the holidays is something I know all too well as a parent of 2 myself.”
The Kent based firm decided to allocate an annual budget for the kids club, whereby staff can bring their children to work for one week in each of the school holidays and then Bedfont® funds the requisite number of professional DBS checked nannies required.