The Eden Hotel Collection has enhanced a range of employee benefits, including financial support to help with ever-increasing childcare costs.
From this month (September), all 350 staff members have access to a Return to Work Support Scheme, which provides those returning from maternity leave with an extra £200 per month for their first six months back at work.
According to the boutique hotel group, the cash bonus intends to “ease some of the new-found costs for parents as they adjust to their return to work” since UK nursery fees are among Europe’s highest.
The provision is one of the company’s new enhanced benefits to be rolled out at all six UK hotels within the Collection. Others offered as part of “Eden Extras” include more maternity, paternity and adoption leave; greater eyecare contributions and a day of paid leave for volunteering.
Lisa Redding, group people director at The Eden Hotel Collection, said: “We simply couldn’t create memorable experiences for our guests without our dedicated teams, which is why it’s important that we look after our staff and their loved ones.
“Our benefits have all been carefully handpicked and developed over time, so we’re pleased to be evolving these once again in line with our ‘money, mind, body and heart’ wellbeing ethos.
“As a private, family-owned business, we are proud to enhance a number of our benefits around family provisions, offering more than statutory pay for maternity, paternity and adoption leave, in addition to progressing our plans to launch a new fertility support policy for families going through fertility treatment later this year.
“We hope these changes make a difference to staff and their families when, where and how they need it most.”
The enhanced benefits also include offering full pay for jury service and paid time off for fertility appointments.
Mark Chambers, group managing director, added: “We have an incredible workforce who are integral to making our hotels the warm and welcoming places they are.
“These latest improvements are all about making sure we are supporting them – especially in today’s tough economic climate – in as many ways as possible, on things that matter to them and their families the most.”