These school holidays, employees within Coca-Cola Amatil’s Alcohol & Coffee business are once again bringing their children to work as part of Amatil’s Kids@Work program.
Kids@Work runs twice yearly on selected days in January and July. It provides practical support for team members who can’t always get childcare during school holidays.
It also gives kids the opportunity to make new friends, meet the “big people” their parents or carers work with, and take part in a range of games and activities under the supervision of professional childcare workers.
Jacqui Cummins, Head of People and Culture for Alcohol & Coffee at Coca-Cola Amatil said Kids@Work was part of Amatil’s commitment to a flexible and family-friendly culture.
“Programs like this are fundamental to attracting, engaging and retaining a world-class workforce. Like most organisations, our dedicated team members spend most of their work life away from home. Welcoming their kids to the workplace gives a chance to share and explain where they work, what they do and who they work with. Finding good holiday childcare is a real challenge, so we’re very happy to help our team out.”
Initiative by Women in drinks councillor
Sally Byrne, who is Marketing Director for the Alcohol & Coffee business and a Women in Drinks Councillor, introduced the initial pilot for the program in January 2016.
The pilot involved 24 employees and 35 children and won recognition in the form of a national Innov8 Employee Engagement award, as part of Amatil’s Australia-wide Innovation awards program. A second program ran in the lead up to Australia Day 2017.
“We had the parents at ‘hello’,” Byrne said. “It’s more than simple child-minding. It’s a way for children to connect to that mysterious place their mum or dad disappears to so much.
“We give them a million things to do and games to play, but they also learn about mum or dad’s work. We’ve had 100% positive feedback from children and parents so far.”
The initiative is part of Coca-Cola Amatil’s commitment to a flexible and family-friendly culture, which is fundamental to attracting, engaging and retaining a world-class workforce.
Byrne said Kids@Work brought a different spirit and vibe to the business that was unlike any other time of the year.
“Children befriend other kids and get to know other ‘big’ people their parents work with. And it’s not all play. One child’s dream came true when she had the opportunity to present her drink innovation idea on Powerpoint to our leadership team. The nine-year-old girl did an exceptional job – the idea might even get up!”