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Prospects receives Deputy Prime Ministers award

Prospects employs 91 people from its head office in Manchester, where it won the Deputy Prime Minister’s Award for Family Friendly Working in the North West. The Awards are held in conjunction with Mumsnet to celebrate employers who offer flexible working arrangements to help parents juggle their work and home lives.

As well as offering a range of flexible working arrangements, Prospects provides enhanced maternity, paternity and parental leave policies, including paid special leave to nurse sick children.

The company has also just retained Investors in People status for the fifth time following a period of reassessment that involved interviews with around a third of its staff from across the business.

Zoe Mitchell, head of HR at Prospects said, “Prospects actively encourages a family friendly working environment through its people practices. We recognise the immense value in supporting employees in the transition into, and throughout, parenthood, and grandparenthood, and we are delighted to have been recognised for this by winning the Deputy PMs Family Friendly Award for the North West region.

“We have both male and female employees who work varied contracts to accommodate childcare arrangements. Employees going off on maternity leave are encouraged to return on a flexible contract, and we have several new dads who share the childcare and are also offered the opportunity to work flexibly. We also have an onsite masseuse and chiropodist once a month for all employees, but it enables mums and dads to take care of themselves during working hours without the worry of looking after children.”

The Deputy Prime Minister said, “I’m delighted to see that companies like Prospects are helping to revolutionise family friendly working. It’s farcical so many parents are still unable to take time away from work to care for and support their young children.

“I’ve fought hard in Government to bring about that change whether it’s through the introduction of flexible working, free childcare, shared parental leave or equalising paternity pay so that men can spend more time with their newborn child without being penalised financially.

“The tide is certainly turning - and the work of Prospects is vital in bringing about a culture change -  but I want to see more employers follow their lead so we have a modern Britain, with modern workplaces that work for parents, not against them.”


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