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Published: 26 Jun 2024

Fragomen – Finalist 2024, Best for Fathers sponsored by Rolls-Royce

Fragomen are proud of their position at the forefront of culture change for fathers and partners, and their aim is that the enhanced policy offering and additional support will not just benefit their own employees but lead the way for others to follow.  

Progressive policies 

Fathers and partners can take 12 weeks of fully paid leave at on the of birth or placement of their child once they have completed the statutory qualification period. For those taking Shared Parental Leave of over 6 months, a return to work on a phased return basis is on offer, with 100% pay for 80% hours for 3 months. Recognising that there are unexpected childcare needs, up to 10 days of emergency back-up childcare is available, as well as discounted nursery and holiday fees with Bright Horizons. There is also additional 3 personal leave days that can be used for a variety of reasons, from attending a child’s school trip to taking a day out to focus on wellbeing and managing life admin. A hybrid flexible working policy enables three days work to be carried out at home, with flexible start and finish times to help facilitate drop off or pick up times. 

A supportive culture 

Prospective parents meet with HR to discuss policy entitlements and support on offer, including parental coaching before and after the birth or placement of their child to help them to transition to new circumstances. A parenting mentoring scheme pairs newly returned parents with experienced returners for support and guidance, and a wider Parents and Carers Network provides another source of support as well as information sharing. Access to a parenting and wellbeing platform is also on offer.   

Measure of success 

The initiatives introduced by Fragomen are evidently making an impact for fathers. The enhanced leave was taken up by 83% of eligible fathers and partners, and feedback about the scheme via engagement surveys, direct to managers and on LinkedIn, has been positive. Future plans are to encourage take up through awareness raising and enhancing resources, continuing to grow numbers of fathers and partners in the Parents and Carers Network and continue to evolve the enhanced support provided.