soundLINCS wins Fantastic for Families award3:38, 6th March 2018
soundLINCS has won the Fantastic For Families award for Best Family-Friendly Workplace Initiative.
The Lincoln-based community music organisation received the award in recognition of its decision to move to extended office hours from Monday to Thursday, fitting employees’ full-time working week into four days and providing a three-day weekend in which they could meet their personal responsibilities, whilst also creating the systems to keep the company throughout the week.
The judging panel commented: ‘soundLINCS talked with staff to understand how different ways of working could help them to meet their caring needs. Their new flexible working arrangements have increased motivation across the organisation, and have been an invaluable support to those with caring responsibilities.’
Nikki-Kate Heyes MBE, CEO of soundLINCS, described the award as ‘a real honour’, adding: ‘It is brilliant to share as a team this wonderful recognition of the journey that we have been on together, and can hopefully help spread awareness of the positive effects the change can have.’
Fantastic for Families is a national promotional campaign run by the Family Arts Campaign and funded by Arts Council England. It aims to connect families with arts and culture. Fantastic for Families began in 2013 as the national Family Arts Festival before becoming a year-round event listings service for families in 2017.