Flexible Working

Dads Are Not Just for Father's Day

Mandy Garner | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Parents
Mandy Garner

Father's Day is all done and dusted for another year. The card shops have moved on and all those surveys of what dads want have been published. Last week saw the usual plethora of polls and research published about dads at work.

Flexible Working Still Isn't Flexible Enough

Alfie Stirling | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK Politics
Alfie Stirling

Flexible working in its current form, where many women are expected to work fewer hours than men in all phases of their life time, simply isn't flexible enough for anyone.

Café Culture: The Sure-Fire Way to Banish Office Blues

Christobel Hastings | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Christobel Hastings

It was, in coffee shops of all sizes and variants, that our imaginations seemed to really come alive, thrown into greater relief by dint of the creative environment we inhabited. They were places of leisure, places of conversation - places of work, I noted, watching heads bent studiously over textbooks or poring over sketchbooks.

Gender Diversity: Still a Long Way From Equality

Alistair Cox | Posted 13.06.2015 | UK
Alistair Cox

In recent weeks, we have celebrated International Women's Day and mused over Lord Davies' latest 'Women on Boards' report. 'Women in the workplace' has been a topic right at the top of the global agenda...

Age of No Retirement Is Over-Stated: Most of Us Would Rather Spend Time With Family

Wendy Loretto | Posted 30.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Wendy Loretto

Having been in work for the majority of their lives, most people valued free-time over work if they had the option in older age. Perhaps unsurprising I admit, but what is interesting is how views on retirement differ between men and women.

Tackling the Shortfall in GPs - Flexible Hours is an Answer, Not the Problem

Geraldine Gallacher | Posted 03.05.2015 | UK
Geraldine Gallacher

Much as City firms have benefited significantly from developing innovative flexible working schemes to attract and retain talented staff, it strikes me that a solution that could go a long way in addressing GP recruitment issues is actually to encourage more flexible working, for both sexes, not to try and restrict it.

The New IP: Building a Virtually Unstoppable Workspace

Marcus Jewell | Posted 08.03.2015 | UK Tech
Marcus Jewell

A virtualised workspace empowers employees with a choice; a choice to strike a better work-life balance as they can work from anywhere, anytime, with any device.

Vocal Heroes: The Year for Women in Leadership

Neela Bettridge | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK
Neela Bettridge

The past year has been one of extremes when it comes to women in leadership. We've had some 'vocal heroes' -- most notably Malala Yousafzai, but also Emma Watson promoting the He for She campaign

Are VC's Really Still Prejudicing Female-Led Businesses?

Nancy Cruickshank | Posted 06.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Nancy Cruickshank

Online beauty retail is a drop in the ocean compared with the traditional beauty retail route and also online fashion retail. Less than 10% of beauty retail transactions take place online.

Tipping the Work/Life Balance Scales in Your Favour

Adeline Ginn | Posted 13.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Adeline Ginn

It's a well known fact we live in a 24/7 consumer culture. The rise of technology means that almost every aspect of our life has an expectation of immediacy, from our 24 hour news culture, to shops extending their opening hours, to smart phones giving us access to a wealth of information anywhere, at any time.

What Makes a Successful Home Worker? - Four Key Traits

Tim Stone | Posted 05.11.2014 | UK Tech
Tim Stone

From the 30th June 2014 every employee was given the statutory right to request flexible working after 26 weeks of employment service. Before this, the right only applied to parents of children under the age of 17 (or 18 if the child was disabled) and certain carers. This flexibility has offered more of us the chance to work from home, and avoid the daily commute.

How to Manage Home Workers - Five Top Tips

Tim Stone | Posted 05.11.2014 | UK Tech
Tim Stone

According to the Office of National Statistics, 4.2 million Brits work from home. That's 13.9% of the total UK working population and a half a million increase since 2007. This means that, as a manager, you're more likely than ever to be managing a geographically dispersed team.

Why Are Men More Likely To Get Approval for Flexible Working Than Women?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle

"Work to live, don't live to work" is a phrase often heard when trying to achieve that elusive work-life balance. But while more and more companies ar...

Telecommuting Top Tips: How to Ask Your Boss

Jayne Morris | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK
Jayne Morris

Successful change requires trust. If you can prove to your boss that flexi-working will enable you to be equally, if not more productive, then not only is it possible to have her support you in a new way of working, but you can also inspire others to follow your lead and become a catalyst for much-needed corporate change.

Flexible Working: Let's Make It Mainstream

Jayne Morris | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jayne Morris

A recent study by Robert Half UK, revealed that nearly a third of UK HR directors cite 'inability to balance personal and professional commitments' as the primary reason for employee burnout. Could the new UK government legislation offering flexible working rights for all help make a difference?

The Fragile Friday Feeling and Facebook Is Not Our Friend

Laurenne Chapman | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Laurenne Chapman

It's Friday of the week where one of the leading GPs in England, Professor Ashton, has recommended a 4 day week as beneficial for society, not just for our health and happiness. How do you feel today as the weekend's bright beauty stands ready to greet you with her benevolent, heart-warming smile?

Flexible Working: Do Estate Agents Care?

Michael Bruce | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK
Michael Bruce

The world is changing. People are changing. Ways of doing things and how we do them are changing. At Purplebricks we have made those changes. We are fully compliant with the new legal provisions and have made it our goal to offer all our people the flexibility never before seen in the industry...

There's Nothing New About Flexible Working - Common Sense Companies Have Been Doing It For Years!

Charlie Mullins | Posted 30.08.2014 | UK
Charlie Mullins

Businesses that refuse reasonable flexible working time requests from loyal employees are cutting their own throats; this has always been the case, and new laws giving all workers the right to ask for altered hours change nothing. Any employer with half a brain will treat such a request the same this week as they would any time in the past. To do anything else would be idiocy - it's just common sense.

11 Reasons You Should Ditch The Office Right Now

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Millions of Britons will now be able to get out of the office thanks to new government reforms allowing people to embrace "flexible working". This ...

Motherhood and Leadership: Do They Mix?

Neela Bettridge | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK
Neela Bettridge

Lack of support can leave women "faced with the feeling like they're not enough at either home or work" and prone to dropping out, says Chivers. "These are women who know they can deliver great things at work and raise happy, normal kids if only their and their partners' employers would trust them enough to crack on in flexible fashion."

Of Mobile Mothers and Flexible Fathers... Being More Than Just a 'Weekend Dad'

Duncan Higgins | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Duncan Higgins

With Father's Day just around the corner and cheesy cards flying off the shelves, many parents will be prompted to think about how much time they really spend with their children. A couple of hours each evening? A bit of quality time at the weekend?

Five Reasons Why Flexible Working Hours Can Be Good For Business

Diana Verde Nieto | Posted 10.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Diana Verde Nieto

While employers can refuse the request if it is considered detrimental to business interests - for example, it may incur extra staff costs - the right to appeal is also built into the guidelines and feedback is mandatory, giving employees the opportunity to demonstrate why their request should be granted. If organised properly, flexible working hours CAN be good for business.

Shoot and Score: Flexible Working and the World Cup

Tim Stone | Posted 09.08.2014 | UK Tech
Tim Stone

Flexible working provides the opportunity for employees to find a work-life balance that fits their day-to-day routine, including childcare responsibilities, hobbies or even an intense exercise training regime. But what about significant national events?

The Quest Against Stress

Patrick Watt | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Patrick Watt

We wouldn't train for a marathon for 12 hours a day as we know it's not physically good for us, so why do we do this to our brains? With the majority of people spending more time at work than with their family and friends, it is important for a worker's mindset that the right balance is created between work and life.

We Need More Women in Business

Meg Munn | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Politics
Meg Munn

It's not just that there is a 'moral case' for greater diversity in business. Capitalising on women's potential makes economic sense. Having more women on corporate boards has been shown to increase both the share price and the return on equity. It doesn't surprise me that the 2013 list of the world's most valuable brands showed companies with a greater than average proportion of female board members outperforms those with an all-male board. So why are women undervalued across the business spectrum?