Good work perks for mum with a disabled daughter
TRACIE WILLIAMS remembers her birthday without fail – she chose that day almost four years ago to leave her retail job and sign on at Fletchers International.
“I’ll always remember when I started,” Tracie laughed.
“I didn’t ever imagine myself out here but I have a disabled daughter I need to take care of and I needed a job where I wasn’t working fulltime, because she attends programs four days a week during the week.
"I needed some time at the weekends with her as well... and Fletchers were kind enough to give me the hours to fit in with her," Tracie told Dubbo Photo News.
“I’m able to drop her off at the program, come to work, do the hours and go and pick her up and then go home – so it works in really well,” she said.
With the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) being introduced, Tracie said her family will have more support, so she’s hoping to be able to do more hours at work because she has more one-on-one support to help her daughter to be more independent.
“That will free me up to earn some extra money,” Tracie said, amazed that a large company like Fletchers would go to so much trouble to look after her on an individual and caring basis.
“I was very pleased and really lucky. Fletchers has been very helpful and any issue, like if I have to take a day off because my daughter’s program is closed down that day for whatever reason, they’re very supportive with doing that,” Tracie said.
“It was a pleasant surprise to find this, the company is very family-oriented which is great.
“My friends can’t believe how well I’m treated. They say they wish their jobs were like that – where they work they wouldn’t have that sort of support,” she said.
It’s not just the working hours which have surprised and delighted Tracie, describing how a fitter, healthier and more balanced lifestyle came as part of the package.
“It was a life-changing experience for me to come out here. You’re still dealing with a lot of people but there’s no pressure to sell people stuff so you don’t have to worry about that kind of thing, and everyone’s friendly and you get to meet so many different people,” Tracie explained.
“All those who come here from overseas to work are really lovely people. I’ve made a lot of friends from different parts of the world which I would never have met anywhere else, so it’s been really good.
Tracie laughed that some people she tells about her job say, "Oh my gosh, doesn’t it smell out there?" She explains that it doesn’t smell and that it’s a clean workplace. "And the jobs are easy to do, you’re not going home broken or anything like that," she added.
She has also discovered another personal benefit: "I’m a lot stronger than when I was doing office work and just sitting down – so I’m a lot healthier!”
Tracie Williams says the human resources staff at Fletchers International are only too willing to have a chat and work out ways to help employees make their lives easier. PHOTO: DUBBO PHOTO NEWS.