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5 companies who are getting work/life balance right for their employees

Global Operations Director

What makes someone choose one job offer over another, look for another job or just do their best at the job they have?

One thing’s for sure: there’s a lot more to it than money.

According to research from online recruiters SimplyHired a better work/life balance is the clincher for a third of the jobseekers. And a lack of work/life balance is the main reason employees head for the door, says a survey by recruiters Robert Half.

And when you consider that a whopping three quarters of UK employees think that work/life balance is key to how motivated they are at work (according to Mercer’s What’s Working Around the World survey), it’s clear that this is a trend businesses need to take seriously.

So who’s doing it well? Our 2012 Work-Life Balance Index showed that smaller businesses were leading the trend: 

Staffordshire-based Passionate Media, whose working mums and dads fit their hours around family commitments.

And in Singapore, law firm Rajah & Tann has invested in Blackberries and webmail addresses so employees – who were previously putting in long hours at the office – can work flexibly from home.

But bigger companies aren’t doing badly either. Like Manchester-based Kelloggs, who offer flexible working patterns, summer hours, job-sharing and study leave.

And over in the US, petcare giant Nestle Purina offers more than a dozen work/life benefits packages; it even has a ‘bring your dog to work’ policy.

Global professional services firm Accenture offers flexitime, compressed hours and telecommuting, as well as resources to help with childcare and care of aging relatives. In fact, half the company’s employees in the UK work flexibly – proof, if it’s needed, of the success of their work/life balance policies.

So from small start-ups to multi-million-pound businesses, everyone’s waking up to the importance of a good work/life balance. The question is, are you?

Can you afford to give your employees take more time off, work irregular hours or bring their dogs to work? What steps are you taking to improve your employees' work life balance?