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Title: General Manager (Family Capers) Principal Consultant (Enever Consulting)
Company: Family Capers & Enever Consulting
Years in business: 2 (Family Capers), 8 (Enever Consulting)
Number of staff including business owner: 6
1. What are some of the work life balance issues your organisation faces?
We have a team who all work from home including ourselves and one of the biggest challenges the whole team faces from time to time is when to shut off and boundaries between the home and business.
We try to lead by example and take breaks as a family and encourage our staff to stop and take the break when they need too. As managers we will also pull back on someone’s workload if we feel the need to find some balance.
2. What work life balance initiatives do you have in your organisation, big or small?
- Down Time
- Scheduled Time with the Kids
- No Work Sundays
- Coffee Dates (for Clive and myself to make sure we get time to connect)
- Open door/phone policy so our team can talk to us about anything work or personal
- Behavioural profiling to assess natural work styles
3. What have been the main benefits to your organisation of these initiatives?
- Our team come to us when they feel balance is out of sync and we work together to get it back for them.
- A happy team that can work from home without micro managing
- Increased results across the business
4. Have there been any obstacles or issues in implementing your work life balance initiatives?
Distance – with staff all over the country sometimes it would be easier to just be there.
5. Do you conduct any regular surveying or evaluation of your work life initiatives?
- We use behaviour profiling to monitor flexing (3 to 6 monthly)
- We also have daily contact with all the team to monitor how they are managing the work from home thing
6. What are some of your own personal work life balance and/or time management tips?
- Planning is essential via things like; To do lists, CRM’s, Diaries etc to take work out of your head and allow you to think
- Having coffee and a chino once a week just my daughter and I to allow for Mummy Daughter time
- Walking away when you need to is very important for the business and your family - it gives you an amazing new perspective
Spending time with my Family is number one for me. That can be at home or out on an adventure together. Me time too is important so I try and escape for a few hours on my own each month as well as getting a date in with Hubby.
Crafts are my hobby and a great stress relief for me and I love the look on my little girl’s face when she sees something Mummy has made.
8. Tell us about your organisation. What are the key services of your organisation and what is your target market?
Family Capers is an interactive and supportive community network, promoting fun, encouraging the social aspects of life and also providing business support for you and your family. We are all about getting the most from family life and offering support for the families in our community. We work with Families and Businesses related to Families.
At Enever Consulting our aim is simply to provide excellence and experience in all we do. Business and Sales Coaching is our primary
focus and we also Wholesale high quality, keenly sought products. Our target market is those who want to grow and develop themselves and their business.
9. What is your role within the organisation?
I am the founder and General Manager at Family Capers so I manage our whole team and the branding and marketing of the business with the help of my Promotions Coordinator and promotions team.
Being the Principal Consultant at Enever Consulting I deliver training to our clients and work on the projects that require marketing or recruitment assistance.
Abbie's Comments: "Allowing staff to work from home is often a challenging initiative for business, but it appears Family Capers have taken a very strategic approach that is really working for them, in particular, the use of behavioural profiling."