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Employer participation in National Work Life Week 2014

A roundup of how employers took part in National Work-Life Week  2014  

BP Canary Wharf

This year for National Work-Life Week BP Supply and Trading offices in Canary Wharf promoted an online Q&A session with management on  how to manage a career with a personal life, and feel satisfied with both.

Capital One

Capital One promoted National Work-Life Week to all employees and put on a number of events throughout the week including health and wellbeing sessions, competitions and lunchtime training sessions and workshops


This year Centrica supported Go Home on Time Day on Wednesday 24th September.

Chelsea and Westminster Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Chelsea and Westminster had a packed week of activities planned including a trust exercise class, a wellbeing road show, massages, stress management seminars and ‘cake with a colleague’. They also supported Go Home on Time Day. Click here to see the full list of activities planned for the week.


As the official sponsor of this year’s National Work-life Week Cisco had lots planned for the September/October period, including:

Reminding all Cisco staff of the current benefits available to their employees to allow them to be more flexible

  • Publicising the new policy with increased paternity pay
  • Publicising the new nursery/pre-school launch on 20th October
  • Encouraging people to subscribe to the free webcasts during National Work-life Week 22-26th September
  • Encouraging internal employees to share via a video clip how they work flexibly in their organisation in their role and making these videos available on their internal webpage


Cushion the Impact

Promoted National Work-life Week and Go Home on Time Day on their website: www.cushiontheimpact.wordpress.com


Danone Nutricia

For the week Danone Nutricia planned:

  • daily ‘did you knows’ about what they currently offer in terms of work-life balance
  • to promote the free National Work-Life Week webcasts
  • a prioritisation Lunch & Learn, about managing distraction and projects/deadlines
  • workshops on ‘playing your best game at work and at home’ delivered by Rockpool, an organisation which specialises in helping individuals/organisations flourish.


David Lloyd health club Narborough

David Lloyd Health Club in Narborough had a packed week of events ready for this year’s National Work-life Week. Click here to see what they planned


East Cheshire NHS Trust

East Cheshire NHS Trust supported the whole week including Go Home on Time Day by putting posters up in the library, the hospital and outside the canteen. They also gave out Go Home on Time Day pledge notes and certificates on Wednesday.


Eversholt Rail

Eversholt Rail promoted National Work Life Week, and Go Home on Time Day to all employees. They shared the free National Work Life Week Webcasts and held a number of workshops based on resilience and wellbeing. Employees submitted their own Go Home on Time Day pledge notes, which were framed in the office, and the winning pledge received a luxury fruit basket. They also gave branded pedometers to all staff.


Hogan Lovells LLP

This year Hogan Lovells ran a drop in session for new and expectant parents as well as running classes on developing children’s confidence through play for National Work-life Week


Lisa Barnwell

Lisa Barnwell, an organisation that supports individuals and Corporations on better understanding and valuing the pregnancy journey and transition to motherhood, supported National Work-life Week this year. They sent out a number of blog posts about National Work-life Week and Go Home on Time Day and will be tweeting over the week



LV= encouraged their people to get involved in National work-life week, as they understand the importance of a balance when it comes to Wellbeing and want to ensure they’re supporting their people to achieve this. Their Wellbeing Champions shared ideas across the business and encouraged people to take the challenge of ‘Go home on time day.’ Everyone was able to share their ideas of how to get a good balance on the online forums where they also accessed the Webcasts from National Work-life Week.



Spanish site #Mamiconcilia introduced Go Home on Time Day to Spain this year – Click here to view their site


Mayer Brown

To mark National Work-Life Week Mayer Brown hosted a packed series of events, activities and seminars throughout the whole week. This included free fruit baskets across the office; lunchtime seminars including ‘Tired but Wired’ by Dr Nerina Ramlakhan, and ‘How to turn the pressure cooker down’ by Rebecca Galustian; a parenting clinic; nutrition and energy activities; and a personal safety seminar


Pinsent Masons

For National Work-life Week this year Pinsent Masons re-launched their internal Family Support Network as well as publicised the week and the free webcasts to all employees


Queen’s University Belfast

As part of Wellbeing at Queen’s University Belfast a number of events were organised to support National Work-life Week and Go Home on Time Day.


Single Parent Action Network

Single Parent Action Network promoted National Work-Life Week and Go Home on Time Day on social media as well as their website (www.onespace.org.uk) and nearly all of their staff members filled in a pledge for Go Home on Time Day.


Talented Ladies Club

Promoted National Work-life Week and Go Home on Time Day on their website: www.talentedladiesclub.com


The University of Portsmouth

This year the University of Portsmouth promoted the free Working Families webcasts and Go Home on Time Day to all members of staff


Top Banana

Top Banana held a Pedometer challenge over the week to encourage staff to keep fit & healthy.  Each employee was given a pedometer on Monday morning and the following Monday they asked everyone to submit their readings.  The person with the highest reading won a Spa Day for 2 at a local hotel.  To kick start the walking they did a Treasure Hunt around their local village on Monday lunchtime!

In addition to this they held an optional exercise class after work one evening, giving everyone access to the webinar links from the Working Families website, participated in Go Home on Time Day with all staff asked to submit their pledges.  Finally on Friday they joined in with Macmillan Coffee Morning!

They also sent round reminders of their Family-Friendly Policies eg. Flexible Working, Childcare Voucher Scheme, Working from Home, new Shared Parental Leave legislation.



 Trolex had a week of activities planned including:

Spotlight on ‘Optional Working Hours’ scheme

  • Competitions with some great prizes
  • Information on plans to introduce a ‘Childcare Vouchers’ scheme
  • Posters with hints and tips on how to improve your own work-life balance
  • Daily bulletins on Work-Life Balance/Wellbeing, with tips on how YOU can improve these, and get the most out of Inspire activities and initiatives


University of York

York University had a full week planned including activities around mindfullness on Monday, getting back to nature on Tuesday, Go Home on Time Day on Wednesday and a coffee morning on Friday.

Click here to see the full programme of events for the week


Wales and West Housing

Wales and West Housing promoted National Work-life Week and the National Work-life Week Webcasts on their intranet site to all their employees as well as circulating a wellbeing newsletter to focus on flexible working and achieving a healthy work-life balance