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Posted 09:50AM on Thursday 29 November 2018


At Positive Futures, we like to facilitate flexible working when possible to retain our valuable staff. Claire, who is a Support Worker in our Cookstown Service, explains what it meant to her.

“With three children under the age of six and a husband who worked very unsociable hours, I had pondered how I would return to my role as a Support Worker after maternity leave. I had been with the organisation for more than 10 years and worried about whether I would be able to continue my employment, since working after 6.30pm during the week was not an option, nor were sleepovers.    

“After discussion with my line manager Aileen, I was advised to put through my concerns to Human Resources to see what they could offer. I was pleased to discover that they could offer me flexible working. This allowed me to focus on being a mum while at home and to devote my full energies to being a Support Worker while at work (20 hours each week).

“This support was much appreciated – I know that staffing a Service can be difficult at times. The flexibility has allowed me to continue to work and be a mum without any added stress.“I will always be grateful to Aileen and to Positive Futures.  If there hadn’t been such understanding and empathy, I might have had to look for employment elsewhere. That would have been a shame, because I have learned so much during my time with the organisation and continue to do so in my current role as Smart Support Co–ordinator.

“I believe that enabling flexible working has a positive effect on the organisation, because it enables it to retain good staff who have already developed great relationships with the people they support.”