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Health, wellbeing and work-life balance

Our flexible working options and our commitment to supporting health and wellbeing for staff at Suffolk County Council.

Health and wellbeing

  • A dedicated health and wellbeing portal
  • A free and confidential employee assistance programme providing general information and advice to staff as well as access to counselling and legal advice
  • An occupational sick pay scheme
  • 20% off health and lifestyle assessments with Nuffield Health
  • Access to a health cash plan to help cover health costs such as dental, optical, maternity/paternity, physio etc.

Work-life balance

We offer a range of work styles including Hybrid working subject to role:

  • Hybrid - This role supports hybrid working, a broadly even balance between working from home and working from an office base.
  • Community based - This role is mainly based in the community; however, you may also can work from home occasionally and you will have an office base.
  • On-site - This role will be worked from a fixed base, listed in the job details above.

We have been recognised for our work-life balance

We were pleased to be shortlisted as finalists in the prestigious Personnel Today Awards 2019 under the category of Diversity and Inclusion, shortlisted alongside big organisations such as Lloyds Banking Group, The Co Op, Network Rail, Deloitte, IBM, Rolls Royce, Santander and Iceland.  

We were also shortlisted in two categories of the Working Families Best Practice Awards 2019, alongside organisations such as Barclays, Sky, Deloitte, Centrica and Royal Bank of Scotland. The two categories were: ‘Best Flexible Working Initiative’ and ‘Best for Flexible Recruitment’.

To achieve this recognition, we organised a campaign to showcase our staff members who work flexibly, talking realistically and practically about the challenges and benefits of flexible working. In addition, we implemented a requirement that all our job adverts must list specific types of flexible working available in that role and require hiring managers to justify removing flexible working options. 98% of our jobs are now agile!

Family and work

As an organisation, we try to make sure we are welcoming to employees who have an existing, or wish to establish, a family.

To help our employees with their home life, as a parent or carer, we have developed multiple family-based policies and initiatives.

We aim to support parents and carers by offering a variety of different working assistance across the organisation including a ‘Parent Together’ peer support scheme. Alongside these parental benefits come as a day one right and have no criteria around time of service.

Similarly for Carers we have a Carers Policy which includes one-week full paid leave. Here is a sample of what we offer:

  • Occupational maternity and adoption leave
  • 4 weeks of paid paternity leave
  • Paid leave for antenatal appointments for both parents
  • Minimum 3 weeks of fully paid additional leave for both parents of premature babies
Flexible working initiative award

Check out our Staff Benefits web page for more information about financial benefits.