Barclays – A Family Friendly Company
Across the organisation, Barclays strives to be family friendly, from high street branches to products and services that reflect the needs of families in the UK today. Here, some of their employees talk about their work-life balance and how Barclays supports them.
The following case studies are the winners and nominees of our Scottish Top Employers for Working Families Special Awards.
Lulu, Business Analyst
“I am married and have a 9 year old son. Barclays supports my work-life balance by allowing me flexibility of working hours, which benefits me both personally and professionally. ‘Dynamic Working’ maximises my potential by giving me the right developmental and career opportunities. My previous and current line managers have allowed me to work hours that suit me and the business, and I have been given tremendous support in leading the Digital Eagles initiative, which I’m incredibly passionate about. My digital involvement has given me a valuable insight into our local communities, from running Code Playground sessions in schools for children with special needs, to Tea and Teach events in hospices and Job Centres, all of which is helping to educate every generation and bridge the digital divide.”
“I am a senior woman in Barclays with two young children (2 and 4). Support from both Barclays and my manager, means I can successfully balance my family and work life. Having my blackberry, good app and home access all mean that I can leave at 5pm to pick my kids up, give them their dinner then put them to bed whilst ensuring my work is maintained. My manager knows and trusts that I will still do my job to the best of my ability even if it means I need to leave sharp. The support both from Barclays and my managers means I am able to do a senior role full time as well as be a good mummy to my kids”.
Jamie, Managing Director
“Becoming a father changed my life in many ways, some expected and wondrous like the unwavering sense of love and protection I now had for my children and some less expected – the time I’ve taken for granted my whole life. Suddenly holidays were no longer periods of downtime, Sunday mornings now start at 6am and each day requires military planning to make sure everyone is in the right place at the right time (and sometimes with the right equipment!).
I’ve some key aspects that have helped both me and my family manage this transition into parenthood. Firstly, it was about agreeing expectations at home – what role we see each other playing, what we can do to support each other in that role and being able to stay honest with each other when things weren’t going so well so we can adjust. Secondly, was about support from Barclays and talking through with my manager where I may need flexibility to ’be there’ when needed.
I think lastly it’s about being flexible to how circumstances change around you and how your own emotions change over time – where I may have started out saying its fine for me to travel 3-5 days a week at the start, a few years down the line the reality is that it’s not the right balance. I have to keep checking that I am getting the balance right both in the time I spend but the quality of that time as well with my children. It’s not easy, nor is it easy for most parents I speak to, but a regular step back and reassess really does help as we all want to get it right...”
"After my Dads vascular dementia diagnosis, Dynamic working and direct support from my line management allowed me the time to get my Dad the correct level of care/diagnosis and carer support for my Mum. Dynamic working allowed me space to focus on family when it was required and then make the time back to focus on work in a supportive and structured manner. Without this flexible and supportive arrangement, I believe that both my work and my family would have needlessly suffered”.
"After the birth of my son in 2012, I requested 3 months ‘Shared Paternity Leave’. This is government legislation that allows parents to share the 12 months maternity leave traditionally afforded to mums. It gives new parents more control over how they wish to share parental responsibilities in the important first year. I would recommend this to any new father. It was a life changing experience, which allowed me some much needed time to establish a strong bond with my son. Barclays were fully supportive of me throughout the process and have a wealth of supporting documentation online to help you with your decision".