Ornua introduces parents’ program

By Jim Cornall contact

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Ornua introduced the new partnership with Platform55 to provide support for both parents and line managers of parents.  Pic: Ornua
Ornua introduced the new partnership with Platform55 to provide support for both parents and line managers of parents. Pic: Ornua

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Kerrygold producer Ornua, Ireland’s largest dairy exporter, has announced the introduction of the New Parents Programme to support new parents and line managers in the workplace.

The program builds on existing leave entitlements and incorporates healthcare coaching for Ornua employees at all levels of the business.

To support the needs of employees, Ornua introduced the new partnership with Platform55 to provide support for both parents and line managers of parents. Platform55 research shows 62% of managers do not feel equipped to have conversations around modern family challenges, and this new program ensures they are supported, leading to better support for working parents. The New Parents Programme adds to the existing suite of employee supports at Ornua, which include fertility treatment and miscarriage leave.

The program is made up of three workshops: Maternity Matters – Return to Work, Paternity Matters – Balancing Family and Work​, and Managers Matters – Leading Modern Families​.

The Maternity Matters – Return to Work​ workshop is designed for women about to return, or recently returned from maternity leave or adoptive leave. The program will offer tools and tactics to help employees make a confident return to work and empower women to have a fulfilling family life and career. Ongoing support with access to quarterly group coaching will also be available.

Paternity Matters – Balancing Family and Work​ will be aimed at fathers who have recently returned from paternity leave, or who have a young family. The program will be an action-orientated session that enables new fathers to create a plan – not just for the first few months of their baby’s life, but a deeper dive into how fatherhood fits with their work and home life.

Managers Matters – Leading Modern Families​ has been designed for all people leaders who have parents or soon-to-be parents on their team. The course will outline step-by-step guidance on how to manage each stage of leave so that employees feel supported and engaged. The workshop will also equip managers with the skills to have conversations around modern parenting challenges, as everyone’s family circumstances and challenges vary.

Majella Darcy, chief people officer at Ornua, said, “At Ornua, our ambition is to create an environment where everybody can bring their whole selves to work, allowing everyone perform to the best of their ability. We have already established specific supports for our people such as Fertility Treatment and Miscarriage Leave and are delighted to introduce further workshops for parents and managers.

“Our hope is that our new partnership with the team at Platform55 will provide support to ensure everybody strikes the right balance between work and home life. We know our people value this and we believe that commitment to programs such as these can ensure that we retain and attract top talent to our business.”

 

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