Good work perks for mum with a dis­abled daugh­ter

Dubbo Photo News - - News - By JOHN RYAN

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.

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