I had the great pleasure of meeting the most incredible business woman this week. Ellie Goff the Owner/Director of Butterfly Lodge Education also known at Wellies On is the embodiment of today’s women in business.
After a successful teaching career Ellie brought her dream into reality when Butterfly Lodge a 40 acre care farm based in Abberton opened its doors. Their qualified teachers combined with Occupational Therapists provide a therapeutic and educational approach to learning. The farms service users have the opportunity to get involved with worthwhile, meaningful activities which stimulate the mind and keep the body active as well as leading to recognised qualifications.
As Ellie’s service provision evolves she secured Harries HR services to support and enhance the existing emphasis placed on empowering and supporting her employees to achieve their personal best.
What makes Ellie so fascinating is not only her approach to running and growing her business but this enthusiasm coupled with the fact that she is heavily pregnant with her 3rd child and almost went into labour during our meeting.
This meeting took place at the Farm at 9:30am on Tuesday morning shortly after Ellie had been seen by her mid-wife who advised her to go directly to the hospital. With bags packed ready for the hospital we went through all the employee contractual requirements and policies and procedures and then took a tour of the newly built office gifted to the farm. An hour later Ellie then drove herself to the hospital.
Gender parity remains a major issue within both private and public sector firms where female directors are still not only paid less but are also under represented on boards. The belief that women are not able to continue to have a successful and senior career due to bearing children is not only antiquated but simply no longer the case.
With the proposed Maternity regulatory reform and other safeguards being put in place the ideal remains to see a day where businesses improve on planning around pregnancy at work and careers are enhanced on return from maternity leave. There is no longer the need to choose between having a family or a career, women can have both.
Ellie working right up to the day of childbirth is proof it is achievable.
Harries Human Resources are able to provide comprehensive family friendly policies and procedures in line with current legislative changes to support your business with planning for maternity, paternity, adoption and parental leave. To get your free copy of the new “Maternity Policy” contact Harries HR on email@example.com or call 01206 865464.