Working parents are among the unsung heroes of the pandemic, having had to juggle work and their children’s schooling while keeping up with household chores. Some of our team tell us how they balanced parenthood and working life throughout their parenting years, and more recently, how they’ve managed the added challenges that came about when childcare services and schools were shut down last year.
Account development manager- Block Discounting
In my 17 years at SFS, I’ve only known them to be incredibly supportive when it comes to parenting. When I had my first child, like any new parent I was already feeling overwhelmed and the prospect of returning to work was even more daunting. Nevertheless, SFS continued to make me feel valued despite being out of the office, and once I returned I felt fully supported. I had the ability to manage my own diary to accommodate the changes to my personal life. It took me some time to find my feet as a working mum out on the road again, and leaving my child with someone else caused me some emotional strain but the business has continued to be flexible throughout the various challenges I have experienced as a parent, including the recent challenge of home schooling a teenager during these strange times.
Head of Marketing and Communications
As a working parent, it has certainly been a challenge to balance meeting the needs of my 2 home-schooled children whilst leading a busy Marketing team during this lockdown. SFS has always been really supportive when it comes to flexible working, which has been invaluable to employees like me. We have also been encouraged to join extra-curricular wellbeing sessions such as ‘How to strengthen your parent/teen relationship’. These have helped empower us at a time when our children need us more than ever before. They’ve provided sessions on ‘Balancing work & home-schooling for primary and secondary aged children’ which offered helpful hints and tips to try out at home. My daughter and I even attended an Art class put on by Siemens which gave us real time to bond. I’m so thankful to be part of a business that not only acknowledges the extra challenges we’re all facing right now but takes an active role in supporting us through these unprecedented times!
Relationship Managers Assistant - Invoice Finance UK
I joined SFS in January 2018 straight from maternity leave with my previous employer. My daughter was just 5 months old at the time. Throughout my time at SFS, I have been through all the fun stuff that comes with having a little one: vaccination appointments, chickenpox, a cold every other week, nursery visits and so much more. Working for an organisation like SFS and having a manager and team who appreciates that parenting doesn’t just stop during the working day makes my life so much easier and is something I truly value.
Just a few weeks ago, I received a call during the middle of the day asking me to pick up my 3-year-old from nursery as another child in her bubble had tested positive for COVID-19 and meant that the class had to shut immediately. Within seconds of phoning my manager, he said “Go, don’t worry, I have it covered!” That’s the response I get anytime I have any kind of child-related matter to deal with. I know I am supported by my team and they know I will put the work in and support them in return. A trusting, flexible culture is the norm at SFS.