Life Matters at Irish Life
20th June 2023
Irish Life, one of Ireland’s leading financial services groups, has introduced a new suite of nine employee benefits to provide additional assistance during times when their people may need extra support in their lives.
These new ‘Life Matters’ benefits offer an extensive range of supports for Irish Life employees, including leave for Family Carers, enhanced Compassionate Leave, practical and emotional supports for people experiencing Domestic Violence and Abuse, as well as extensive Fertility, Pregnancy Loss, Surrogacy and Menopause supports*. In addition to supporting employees during some of life’s most difficult circumstances, further new benefits will bring greater flexibility and work-life balance to Irish Life employees, including the potential to work overseas for up to four weeks a year through the newly introduced ‘Working Away’ benefit.
In order to deeply understand and meet the needs of their almost 3000 employees, Irish Life undertook research to identify people’s changing needs at different stages of their lives. In addition, the financial services group also engaged with partner agencies including Women’s Aid, Family Carers Ireland, Platform55 and The Menopause Hub to garner specialist expertise and understanding. The insights from the employee research, as well as the guidance and expertise from partner agencies, laid the foundations that shaped these new employee benefits.
Speaking on the introduction of these benefits, Barbara O’Malley, Head of People Experience at Irish Life said: “At Irish Life we want to support our people to have a better life today and into the future.
We are delighted to launch our suite of ‘Life Matters’ benefits which further enhances our employee offering and gives flexibility and access to supports when our people may need it most.”
Ruth O’Dea, Training & Development Manager, Women’s Aid commented: “I am encouraged by today’s announcement from Irish Life in relation to their new and enhanced benefits for their people. Women’s Aid have worked closely with Irish Life to offer the supports that employees need during difficult periods of their lives, and I have no doubt that these benefits overall will make a real difference to many Irish Life employees for years to come.”
Sue O’Grady, Marketing Manager, Family Carers Ireland said:
“Irish Life were the first organisation to join our Caring Employers programme in 2019, as they recognised the need to support their caring employees and to future-proof their workforce.
From our extensive work with Irish Life, we can see how genuinely invested they are in the welfare and wellbeing of all their staff. We are so pleased to see how they are shaping carer-centric supports to improve that balance and the juggle-struggle that carers can sometimes face.”
Pictured: Barbara O’Malley, Head of People Experience, Irish Life and Declan Bolger, CEO Irish Life.