LONDON, January 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
Only 10% of UK staff are offered help with childcare at work, according to a recent survey by office design company Maris Interiors. Only 2% of companies have a workplace nursery or crèche and a further 8% of employers offer childcare vouchers or contributions to nursery costs (other than statutory benefits).
72% of workers felt that childcare provision at work had worsened over the course of their working life, with 25% of staff describing it as unchanged and only 3% saying that childcare at work had improved.
Of those staff surveyed, 84% said they felt their company should be more "family friendly" and 65% felt that productivity at work or absenteeism had been affected by their employer's approach to childcare.
Maris Interiors Chairman, Michael Howard, said, "In these tightened economic times, workplace nurseries and childcare vouchers are staff benefits that are clearly vulnerable to cuts. I would suggest that employers should think carefully before doing so however. A large proportion of the country's workforce have childcare considerations and you will doubtless attract more staff back from maternity leave and improve their retention and job satisfaction by taking even small measures to help with their childcare".
NOTES FOR EDITOR
- Maris Interiors LLP is the UK's leading specialist in workplace design and creation. The company design and create world class working environments for occupiers throughout the UK and continental Europe. Their team of experts have extensive and in-depth knowledge of how good design can substantially improve business performance, save substantial amounts of money and help retain and attract key people.
- 208 office workers participated in the survey, conducted between 9th - 13th January 2012.
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