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Carers Week 2017

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The key to marketing? Finding the right words

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Isn’t every day mother’s day?

This weekend we will be celebrating Mother’s Day. Deb Ejenas shares her thoughts on the special day.

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Tax-Free Childcare: What do I need to know?

Next month the government will be launching its new Tax-Free Childcare scheme. You may already be aware of the scheme and how it works but if not, we’ve created a quick summary for you.

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For ‘Fuller Working Lives’ – Practical Support is Required

When the Department for Work & Pensions recently published their ‘Fuller Working Lives -A Partnership Approach’ agenda, the statistics quoted certainly gave pause for thought.

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2017 Modern Families Index: Modern Fathers in the Workplace

In autumn, we asked working parents how well they felt they were managing work and life. Their responses made the headlines when they were published last month, with working fathers highlighting a risk in creating a ‘fatherhood penalty’.

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2016 into 2017: Looking back - and looking forward!

2016 has certainly been a year to remember – and as it draws to a close, James Tugendhat and Denise Priest reflect on the year gone by, and to look forward to 2017 ...and look forward…

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Eldercare and Caring - Guest Blog

Caring for an older, seriously ill or disabled family member or friend will have an impact on most of us at some point – and more often than not during our working lives. Katherine Wilson, Head of Carer's UK business forum Employers for Carers, shares expert insight and guidance on retaining and supporting employees with caring responsibilities.”

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Book Clubs: a secret time machine?

Juggling responsibilities at home and at work can often leave us feeling without the time to enjoy hobbies and interests however, a little ‘me time’ can actually give us time back.

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4 steps to preparing your organisation for winter

The media reported this week (26 October 2016) that the UK could be in for a white Christmas with 120 days of snow. So, with a few months’ warning, what are some of the lessons we can learn from winter’s past?

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5 Reasons Why Organisations Need Childcare

Modern families come in all shapes and sizes but there’s one thing in common: young children. There are great benefits to offering childcare for both employers and employees and we’ve highlighted a few.

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How businesses are choosing great benefits

Selecting benefits is a tricky decision for HR personnel. In today’s competitive talent market, employees are making decisions based not just on the job itself but on employer brands, while for organisation leaders it’s all about ROI.

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The Eight Hour Workday – Fact or Fiction?

What started off as an eight hour working day has officially transformed. Employers who provide flexibility for their people and the resources to do so will win in terms of recruitment, retention and job satisfaction for their people.

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Employee wellbeing: what’s the deal?

Employee wellbeing is a popular term these days and it sounds great for your people. But if you decide to implement wellbeing benefits, what’s in the deal for you?

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Returning to Work: How to get parents to come back after leave

Within the workplace it’s expected that employees will take time off for parental leave. Whether they’re mother or father it’s also expected that for some parents, returning to work might not necessarily be an automatic decision. As the war for talent heats up, is there more organisations can do to tackle this difficult dichotomy?

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Club Sandwich Generation: Tackling the Triple Challenge

National Work-Life Week 2016 is fast approaching and at Bright Horizons, we’ve been thinking about today’s families and the current trends, challenges and aspirations in balancing work and family life.

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Top Tips for Working Carers

In the UK, 6.5 million people are registered as carers or currently have caring responsibilities for a dependant. As the number continues to increase, we’ve shared some helpful tips to support you in creating a successful caring, work and life balance.

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Wharf Life for Bright Horizons Family Solutions

Bright Horizons, the UK’s leading provider of childcare and back-up emergency care, is delighted to announce its new presence on London’s major business district, Canary Wharf.

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Millennials: Gotta Catch ‘Em All

If you work in HR, you're probably thinking the best way to recruit a Millennial right now would be to have a Pikachu in the office. And you're probably right too. But…

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Family-Friendly: An All-Inclusive Experience

In the war for talent, family-friendly is often a phrase advertised by employers. But, with the typical family model evolving, being just family-friendly is not enough and organisations are now thinking how they can be all-inclusive to how their employees define 'family'.

Here are our top five tips for creating an all-inclusive workplace.

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Does Burnout Mean Timeout?

With a growing number of families juggling responsibilities at home and at work, finding support is paramount. But what happens when the challenge becomes too much? Sarah Jackson and Denise Priest discuss the impact of stress and the potential for burnout.

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5 surprising facts about today’s millennials

They’re our tech-savvy employees born between 1980 and 2000, and already predicted to be the biggest generation in history but how much do we really know about millennials?

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Modern Families Index: The Working Norm

June marks both Carer’s Week and Father’s Day – highlighting two important celebrations which are both intertwined for a growing number of working families. Denise Priest shares her thoughts on this important topic in our latest video.

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Marathons: The key to sprinting to the top of the career ladder

In a health conscious world, with exercise at the forefront of the media – and even fashion – agenda, can our desire to achieve sporting milestones support our work success too?

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Modern Families Index: Challenging the Status Quo

Today’s working fathers are certainly seeking to play a key role in their children’s lives and this is particularly substantial for our young millennials.

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A new recipe on the workforce menu: Club Sandwich Generation

With an ageing population, reduced pensions and an increasing retirement age, the well-known sandwich generation has been succeeded by a new special: the club sandwich generation.

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Victoria Wrenn: Transforming challenges into rewarding opportunities for your people and your business

Competing commitments of work and family life is a real issue for today’s modern families but forward-thinking employers are transforming challenges into a rewarding opportunities. Victoria Wrenn, Head of Client Relations, shares her experiences.

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Workplace Nursery FAQs: What are the space and real estate requirements for a nursery?

With a wealth of experience in workplace nurseries, we’ve created a quick and simple check list to help you find the right space for your learning environment!

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Eldercare in the Workforce: Seeing is believing

The number of working carers has risen again to a staggering 6.5 million – that’s 1 in 8 adults who are caring for family and friends. How can you find out where the care challenges are for your people, and put caring on the agenda?

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Modern Families Index: Finding your balance during the juggling act

In our 2016 Modern Families Index, working parents and carers told us that their family remains the greatest priority, while work is much lower on the agenda. So with families now playing a crucial role in our workforce, what impact is being felt by employers and how can we help employees to find their balance?

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Workplace Nursery FAQs: How to assess demand and cost

Once an organisation decides to explore the potential for a workplace nursery, one of the next (and understandably most important!) questions is how much will the nursery cost?

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Turning to ‘face the strange’

In today’s world, change is something that’s never too far away. Simone Carter, our Senior Operations Director, shares her experiences in leading and maintaining morale in times of change.

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Top 7 key headlines from the Budget 2016

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It’s not just shoulder pads and leg warmers – 80s corporate culture and presenteeism is also out!

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Supermum: The hero without the cape

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Harry Potter: The most successful recruitment and retention strategy?

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Back-Up Care – Weathering life’s challenges

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Gen X: We’re here and we need your help

Generation X make up a large proportion of our workforce but anxiety levels are now reported to reach their peak in the middle years, creating a substantial challenge for our employees and organisations.

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The Zzz to Success

No one can deny the importance of sleep – it has a great impact on our wellbeing, our employees and our organisations – but how many hours do we really need?

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The double lives of Kitty-in-Boots and working Dads

Beatrix Potter’s long-lost manuscript tells the story of Kitty, a cat who leads a double-life. Our Modern Families Index tells the story that it’s not just Miss Kitty – today’s working dads are too!

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New Year, New Career: Employees want to live the dream

With more people in work than ever before and the employment rate falling, it’s great to see demand for labour is high but it also means recruiting the right people is more important, and competitive, than ever.

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Trouble for traditional turkey – Do we know what Millennials really want?

As the largest generation, it’s not surprising that the quest to understand our millennial employees extends all the way to their festive food. In a recent study by restaurant booking platform Bookatable.co.uk, more than half of Brits aged 18-34 are turning down the turkey for something a little more modern!

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Workplace Nursery FAQs: What are the financial benefits of a workplace nursery?

With more than 30 years’ experience in workplace nurseries, we’ve supported many employers during their discussions who are beginning to explore the long-established tax and national insurance exemption for workplace nurseries – also known as Workplace Nursery Exemption.

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Looking Back – and Looking Forward

Season’s Greetings from Denise Priest, Director of Employer Partnerships and Communications at Bright Horizons.

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MAKING CHILDCARE WORK MAKES BUSINESS SENSE

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Productivity – and four more reasons why back-up care can come to the rescue!

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Building Business Culture in 6 Simple Steps

Getting your company culture right is key to success for many organisations. But, it doesn’t happen overnight and requires time, commitment and hard work so here are a few simple steps to get you started!

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Workplace Nurseries FAQs: Is it a good cultural fit?

Determining cultural fit can appear to be an expansive question but creating the right culture can have a positive impact on recruitment, retention and productivity. The next blog in our Workplace Nurseries FAQs is a very important question and explores ‘will a workplace nursery be a good cultural fit’?

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The Balanced Business Forum: Technology, Productivity and Leadership

Bright Horizons was delighted to partner with and attend this year’s Balanced Business Forum – debating and exploring the latest thinking on talent management and effective performance solutions.

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A fulfilling career or family life: Throw out the rule book and mix the two.

A new and exciting way of working has seen a record high in the number of working mothers, who are now blending their work and their personal lives.

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Workplace Nurseries FAQs: Is it right for my organisation?

From full-time childcare to eldercare and more, finding the right solution to support our workforces’ caring responsibilities and our organisations can be a complex decision.

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Driving Performance through Better Balanced Business

To drive performance, our organisations must attract, retain and develop the best talent. But how can we achieve success?

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Bright Horizons CEO Dave Lissy awarded prestigious Work-Life Legacy Award

Bright Horizons is delighted to announce that our CEO, Dave Lissy, has been honoured with the Work-Life Legacy Award at this year’s Families and Work Institute Annual Gala.

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Back to school Jenga – Does back-up care provide the answer to business continuity?

With more and more working families now turning to their employer for help during a breakdown in care, does back-up care provide the answer to business continuity?

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Company culture and feeling valued - it’s more than just money for millennials!

Today’s millennial workforce and our future employees are searching for more than to fulfil a task for money. So how can we attract and retain the best new talent?

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Want to improve employee wellbeing? Start with a good night’s sleep!

It’s easy to pay sole attention to performance at work but more often than not, it’s what’s impacting these performances which is the key to the puzzle.

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Dementia: An increasing priority for businesses

Dementia and eldercare benefits have become an increasing priority for businesses. New research has revealed that nearly one in ten organisations have encountered employees with dementia.

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Modern Families: Are our employees scared to share?

With more families balancing work pressures and family life, Sarah Jackson, Chief Executive of Working Families, shares her thoughts on hidden workplace cultures of employees who are afraid to embrace new family-friendly policies.

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Modern Families: Wellbeing - Riding a bike

Not long ago, Bright Horizons released the Modern Families Index in partnership with Working Families: a series of data showing great insight into today’s modern families and the challenges for employees. One of the most interesting facts from the report came in the form of employee wellbeing and the impact of work pressure – with more than a third of employees confessing to relying on ready meals, eating unhealthy food and failing to take enough exercise.

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Modern Families: Embedding a culture of flexible working without bending over backwards!

It’s been just over 12 months since every employee was given the right to request flexible working and it remains a hot topic.

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Tax and NI Savings – and 5 more reasons why workplace nurseries make business sense!

Childcare is an issue that in one way or another affects everyone. To help our economy grow, we need thriving businesses, which need productive and engaged employees – who need to know that their family commitments are understood and supported by their employer.

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Bright Horizons shortlisted for two prestigious Awards

Bright Horizons is delighted to announce that they have been shortlisted for two awards at the 2015 Nursery World Awards.

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Bright Horizons shortlisted for two awards at the 2015 Scottish NMT Nursery Awards

Bright Horizons is delighted to announce that they have been shortlisted for two awards at the 2015 Scottish Nursery Management Today (NMT) Nursery Awards.

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Modern Families: The queries and concerns of today’s employees

With more families balancing busy working lives with caring for those who depend on them, Sarah Jackson, Chief Executive of Working Families, provides additional insight into the queries and concerns of today’s employees.

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Childcare Vouchers: Update July 2015

We have been following the various lines of thought on this topic with interest. In terms of what happens next, the Supreme Court's judgement has two key impacts:

• The new system of tax free childcare proposed by the government will go ahead as planned
• The court case has meant a delay to the introduction of the system until 2017 (exact date not yet confirmed by government)

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Modern Families: Supporting Today’s Modern Families

Over the last decade, we have seen the highest number of working families since records began. Whether we’re a major employer or a small business, supporting today’s modern families is an important leadership challenge facing all organisations across the UK.

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The Art of Holidays

For most of us, checking emails and responding to work enquiries isn’t necessity… It’s because we can. For most of us, we’re also preparing ourselves for when we return to work greeted by an inbox full of requests. While there is no doubt that technology has become an enabler in helping us to keep in touch, there is a knock-on effect. Before we know it, reading an email quickly becomes responding to an email, acting on it and then following up (two days later) – a slippery slope!

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Modern Families: Full-time families and dependant care

Over the last decade, we have seen many changes to the modern family. Sarah Jackson, Chief Executive of Working Families, shares her thoughts.

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Corporate Wellness Programmes – Magic or Myth?

As we settle into our Friday afternoon at work with a cup of tea, many of us naturally find ourselves wandering towards the office biscuits and treats. Nutrition-orientated corporate wellness programmes are hot on the agenda, but are they the best way to build our workforce’s wellbeing?

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Modern Families: The priorities for employees in Britain today

A short time ago we released our Modern Families Index, which brought to life the challenges facing employees and families in Britain today.

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Eldercare: The caring reality for modern families

Earlier this month our Director of Employer and Strategic Partnerships, Denise Priest, shared insight into today's modern families and the reality that we are all more likely than ever to become carers.

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Modern Families: Childcare and the Political Agenda

The 2015 General Election is fast approaching and the need for family-friendly agendas has become a priority amongst the political parties in recent times.

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Stress and Wellbeing Lessons from The Boss

Resilience is key for wellbeing – it’s that ineffable quality than enables certain people to adapt to stressful situations and bounce back stronger than ever following a challenge, difficulties, stress or adversity. As employers, we’re not automatically hardwired to help employees deal with stress and other things that affect resilience. But maybe we should be.

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Modern Families: The New Caring Chapter

Today, we are all more likely than ever to be balancing busy working lives with caring for those who depend on us. As caring enters a new chapter, we wanted to 'dig deeper' to further understand the pressure points and where the challenges lie for families, employers and government.

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Jack Bauer and Work-Life Balance

The following takes place between 6:00am and 10:00pm. All events happen in real time for this working family.

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Modern Families Index 2015

They don’t call it work-life conflict for nothing.

Thank you for joining our exclusive webinar with Carole Edmond and Sarah Jackson on the Modern Families Index: Engaging with the families of tomorrow – Practical Solutions and Cultural Change.

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Modern Families Index Report

Bright Horizons and Working Families are delighted to announce the official launch of the 2015 Modern Families Index report. Helping working families and employers to find the right kind of support and to achieve a better balance between our responsibilities at home and at work has never been more important than it is today.

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2015: A Year of Opportunity

We are all more likely than ever before to be balancing busy working lives with caring for those who depend on us – meaning that supporting working families has never been more important than it is today.

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