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Kids at IAG benefits families
One IAG employee summed up the Kids @ IAG program by saying “the benefit you are offering me and my family is priceless and has made a significant positive impact on our family”.
In 2014, IAG extended its flexible working arrangements to include provision of an onsite school holiday program, called Kids @ IAG. This program has made a significant difference to our people by enabling parents to work through school holidays, satisfied that their children are being well cared for in an accessible and safe location. In 2015 alone we hosted around 500 children in a number of IAG locations.
Having the children onsite has been of immeasurable benefit for parents and employees alike; it has brought our people closer through making real connections from a life, work and balance perspective, and enriched our culture and work environment. Employees without children in the program comment, “You often find yourself smiling and chatting with the children and their parents about what fun and exciting activities they had been doing that day”.
A unique element of IAG’s program is that the care is provided at no cost to the parents. This presents an annual saving to our families of up to $5,000 per child. Rather than charge our parents for the care of their children, we suggest a donation of $5 per day per child to one of our Workplace Giving charity partners - thereby passing on the benefit to our wider community.
We are currently lobbying various State Governments, with our partner Guardian, to enable greater access to this service in all States. This will improve accessibility for IAG employees, and pave the way for other Australian businesses to offer this amazing service to their people nationally.