Grandparents will be offered baby leave from work by Saga bosses in drive to show ‘importance’ of older staff
- Grandparents among Saga’s 2,500 employees will get one week paid time off
- The British company offers services, such as insurance and holidays, to over 50s
- It said paid week off recognises the value grandparents bring to their families
- Saga pointed to research showing a quarter of grandparents say the find it ‘difficult’ to balance work with childcare commitments
Saga is to give its staff ‘grandparental leave’ in a first for big business.
Grandparents among its 2,500 employees will get one week of paid time off work to celebrate the birth of newborns and help with their care.
The company, which offers services to over-50s, said the grandchildren of all staff will also now have access to its on-site nursery.
British business Saga (pictured, file photo), which offers services to the over 50s, has announced that they are going to give the grandparents amongst its 2,500 employees, a week paid time off from work to celebrate the birth of their grandchildren
Saga said the paid week off reflects its belief in the value of experience in the workplace, alongside a recognition of the role of grandparents to their families and society.
The company added that its research shows a quarter of working grandparents said they find it ‘difficult’ to balance work with childcare commitments.
Jane Storm, chief people officer at Saga, said: ‘This is about helping new grandparents celebrate a special moment and play a role in their growing families from day one. It’s also a symbol of how important older workers are to their companies and to society.
‘As a purpose-led business we have a responsibility to build a representative, multigeneration workforce fit for the future, that serves the needs of our customers.
‘Our customers are mostly over 50 and we want to have more colleagues here that reflect the community we serve. We also think this idea should be a key attraction for retention and recruitment.’
Shelley Whittam, who works in Saga’s insurance department, plans to take the paid week off later this month.
The company said that its research shows a quarter of working grandparents said they find it ‘difficult’ to balance work with childcare commitments
She said: ‘I’m so excited to be able to spend a week with my new grandchild and help our family with childcare at such an important moment.
‘I’ve been through this myself and have experience that I hope will help my child get to grips with parenthood.
‘It’s great that Saga recognises this and the vital role grandparents play in family and society.’
In 2015 David Cameron’s Conservative government championed the idea of paid leave for new grandparents, but later dropped the idea.
Parental leave rights were most recently updated in 2015, allowing couples to share 50 weeks of leave – 37 weeks of which is paid –between them.
Mothers and fathers can take leave in their child’s first year at different times, or double up by taking it at the same time.
The rights apply to parents in work, including those who are adopting, and same-sex couples.
The 50 weeks are on top of two weeks’ leave given to mothers after birth, and the two weeks of paid paternity leave automatically given to fathers.