Read the latest news and studies on Corporate Childcare and Work/life supports, from the industry and our team.
You know the drill. The alarm goes off. You climb out of bed and start the morning routine. You’re about to head out the door to do the usual drop offs when disaster strikes: the babysitter isn’t well.
Every year 1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem. This could happen to a friend, family member or even ourselves.
As a non-STEM parent I often wonder what I can do to encourage my daughters to embrace learning in this area.
Christmas is known as the “season of goodwill” but why does it have to stop there? Small acts of kindness can go a long way to helping ourselves feel better as well as those we do them for.
Flexible working is a phrase we are all familiar with but what does it look like in practice? Paul Quartly, Head of Business Development at Bright Horizons, shares his story and how flexible working has supported his career and his family.
With a growing number now juggling work and caring for a loved one, providing practical support for working carers has never been more important. David Grayson, chairman of Carers UK, kindly shares his recommendations and expertise for how organisations can support working carers to be successful at home and at work.
Bright Horizons is delighted to announce the launch of our 2018 Modern Families Index in partnership with Working Families.
In any modern day work environment, parents with young children will inevitably make up a significant percentage of a particular workforce. As employers look to support such employees a workplace nursery is an ideal family solution and benefit, and parents will seek childcare arrangements that suit their needs and work-life balance.
It’s a fact of the modern workplace that employees will go out on parental leave. It’s also a fact that there will always be a concern about whether or not they will return. The question: are organisations going enough to make sure they’re retaining employees after leaving and helping those who wish to return to be able to do so?
London: the home of Big Ben and Buckingham Palace, the National Gallery, and two major central business districts. Amongst the vibrant city backdrop, London is also home from home for a growing number of children who are coming into the city for a day of play and learning at nursery.
It’s a fact: recruiting talented people is undoubtedly getting tougher out there for employers. But, there are some organisations who have a competitive advantage – specifically those that are high up on the Dream Company scale – and employees are now looking for them instead.
Thinking about a back-up care programme? Nina Pitcairn, Business Development Manager at Bright Horizons, shares key information about what makes a great programme.
The ‘Northern Powerhouse’ is a phrase that we are increasingly hearing in business discussions. But what does this actually mean, and how do we play a part in this?
On 12 October, experts from the private and public sector gathered at the World Bank HQ in DC to discuss the increasingly important topic of childcare around the world.
At Bright Horizons, we always say our families and our clients are the reason we do what we do. And this year’s Top Employers for Working Families list reminds us of exactly why.
We know the statistics and we know the morale argument but sometimes connecting what we'd like to make happen with the reality of what does happen isn't that straight forward. Far too often we allow circumstances to force women into making a compromise between their families and their career, when what we need to do is give them a choice.
What’s the difference between a dream job and dream company? This was the main focus of both a recent Horizons Workforce Consulting study and our Solutions at Work LIVE event, which took place earlier this year.
If you look at the agenda for any HR strategy meeting this year, attrition and retention will certainly be near the top – and it’s easy to understand why.
Creating an inclusive culture isn’t something you and your organisation should do just to tick a few boxes or because the law requires it.
With the ever-present talk of work/life balance, flexible schedules are becoming an increasingly popular – and important – offering.
With the majority of working families highlighting that family and relationships remain their greatest priority, finding the right balance between work and family life has never been more important.
Earlier this year, Bright Horizons were proud to be awarded the Associated Industries of Massachusetts’ Vision Award. Our co-founder, Linda Mason, shares Bright Horizons’ story…
Positive culture is considered a company’s secret to success. But can you get too much of good thing?
Employee wellbeing is a pretty popular term these days, and it sounds great for your employees. But if you decide to implement benefits that support it, what’s in it for you?
In April 2017, the government launched 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.
Did you know that Bright Horizons provides care for the whole family?
Positive culture is a cornerstone of organisational strategies and the kind of feel-good momentum is valuable to employers. It attracts people who are looking for their own work families.
There’s a lot of conversation right now around the development of Androids and other non-human vehicles that can take the place of people in the workplace.
A new study of 4,000 working adults shows that Dream Jobs may not be all they are cracked up to be, and Dream Companies – organisations that care about employee well-being, provide opportunities to learn and grow, and promote work-life balance – are a better route to fulfilment and happiness at work.
Deb Ejenas, Communications Manager at Bright Horizons, shares her recipe for club sandwich generation success.
Although the statutory annual leave allowance for a full-time role is 28 days, only half of UK employees are taking all their leave.
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?
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.
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.
Millions of employees are caring for elderly and adult relatives and a number are hesitant to talk about family responsibilities at work . But this is just one effect of the current care challenge.
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.”
To say I’m a “busy working mum of two” seems a bit of a cliché. Do you know any working mums who aren’t busy or come to think of it, any working people or any mums that aren’t either?
Last month, for the first time the BBC published the salaries of its highest-paid stars in their 2016/17 Annual Report.
Relocating from abroad is becoming more popular as organisations begin to think global. So how can we make it a success for our employees? Ross Armour, Public Relations and Engagement Executive at Bright Horizons, shares his experiences and advice in relocating from abroad.
In today’s competitive talent landscape, providing meaningful dependant care will be the key benefit in attracting and retaining skilled employees.
Remote working has many benefits and is becoming a popular option for employees and organisations. Joanna Thubron, Corporate Marketing Manager at Bright Horizons, shares her top tips for successful remote working.
We’re delighted to hear from some of our families and how Bright Horizons Back-Up Care has supported them when they needed it most.
Last week, the film industry was shocked to hear that Daniel Day-Lewis was retiring from acting. Considered one of Hollywood’s best, what is his secret?
This weekend we will be celebrating Mother’s Day. Deb Ejenas shares her thoughts on the special day.
When the Department for Work & Pensions recently published their ‘Fuller Working Lives -A Partnership Approach’ agenda, the statistics quoted certainly gave pause for thought.
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’.
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…
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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!
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?
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?
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.
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.
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?
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!
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.
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!
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.
Season’s Greetings from Denise Priest, Director of Employer Partnerships and Communications at Bright Horizons.
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!
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’?
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.
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.
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.
To drive performance, our organisations must attract, retain and develop the best talent. But how can we achieve success?
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
It’s been just over 12 months since every employee was given the right to request flexible working and it remains a hot topic.
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.
Bright Horizons is delighted to announce that they have been shortlisted for two awards at the 2015 Nursery World 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.
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.
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)
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.
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!
Over the last decade, we have seen many changes to the modern family. Sarah Jackson, Chief Executive of Working Families, shares her thoughts.
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?
A short time ago we released our Modern Families Index, which brought to life the challenges facing employees and families in Britain today.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
"Bright Horizons is first and foremost about people. Our mission – to support employers, working families, and the communities in which we work and live – is made possible only by our culture that puts caring for others front and centre in all the work that we do."