Ernst and Young believe there is a business case for changing the way we work.
Flexible working enables companies like them to grow successfully by:
- Attracting and retaining high quality staff through a sustainable high performing culture.
- Creating high performing teams who deliver a better quality of service to clients.
- Improving the bottom line through cost savings on travel, reducing the need for additional real estate and ultimately, through improved technology use, reduced recruitment and improved productivity.
Ernst & Young launched a programme of maternity coaching in 2011 in an attempt to reduce the number of talented female employees leaving the firm within two years of returning from maternity leave. The programme comprises four coaching sessions held before, during and after maternity leave, designed to help new mothers prepare themselves in a number of practical ways. The coaching is provided one-to-one for senior managers, directors and partners and in small group sessions for more junior employees. The firm also requires all managers with responsibility for someone who is taking maternity leave to attend two group coaching sessions. The purpose of these sessions is to improve managers’ confidence in handling the maternity transition and to
discuss best practice.