Working Family

How can work best support families?

What do parents think makes for a family friendly employer? It’s an important consideration given that most employees will at some point start a family. Workingmums.co.uk’s recent annual survey showed offering flexible hours for full time jobs was rated the most important factor for a family friendly company, followed by allowing regular work at home, Continue reading..

Tackling the gender pay gap

How do we address the gender pay gap? A report from the Office for National Statistics last week shows the gap between men and women remains at 19.2%. Why is there a gap? There are many reasons. Women-dominated industries tend to be lower paid, such as caring work while male-dominated ones, such as law, technology Continue reading..

Changing the mindset on flexible working

Have you seen an experienced colleague walk away from their job because it wasn’t flexible enough? Over a fifth of working mums say they have been forced out of their job because a flexible working request was turned down. Workingmums.co.uk Annual Survey also found that 38% of those still on maternity leave would not return Continue reading..

Exploding the myths of homeworking

Over 4.2 million people in the UK work regularly from home, an increase of more than 800,000 since 2005, and the number is still rising. But who are these homeworkers? Analysis just published by the TUC for National Work from Home Day last week provides some interesting information and busts a few myths. For one, Continue reading..

Creating a new work culture

How do we change work culture to make it not only more family friendly, but more human friendly? As poll after poll shows employees often rate flexible working higher than pay rises and more than six months after the government extending flexible working legislation to all employees, why is it not the default setting of Continue reading..

Is there a solution to the summer holiday childcare challenge?

The election has seen the political parties vying for who can offer the best deal on childcare. But most of the policies have focused on early years childcare when many parents find the school years more of a challenge – particularly single parents. The lack of childcare provision over the holidays or after school finishes Continue reading..

Gender transition

There’s been much in the news recently on the pressures on young girls. A recent study by University College London and the Anna Freud Centre showed, for instance, that emotional problems among girls aged 11-13 have risen by 55% in the last five years. Another report showed demands for counselling due to exam stress had Continue reading..

Growing a flexible business

How do you grow a flexible start-up into a flexible middle-sized SME without losing something of the work culture that allowed the business to grow and prosper in the first place? It’s a big problem for start-ups who totally grasp the benefits of flexible working, but as they grow are forced to develop policies which Continue reading..

2015: the year of shared parental leave and greater equality at work and home?

2015 sees the introduction of a new right for mums and dads to share the year of leave after their baby is born. It’s a major change, but many employers and employees are still unclear of how it will work despite employees being allowed to request it since early December. Part of the reason is Continue reading..

The extension of flexible working – six months on

It’s just over six months since new legislation came in which entitles all employees to request flexible working. The aim was to level the playing field so employees did not feel parents and carers were getting special treatment and to create a more flexible working culture. But how has the legislation gone down so far? Continue reading..