Flexible Working

Recruiting Working Mothers Is A Great Business Opportunity

Juliet Turnbull | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK Parents
Juliet Turnbull

The loss of female talent through maternity leave and the subsequent demands of family life is the key issue to address in order to achieve boardroom equality, and reap the talent of half the workforce for British companies.

The Unbearable Ennui Of Email

Monica Parker | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Tech
Monica Parker

This is not to say that the relationship between email and the average knowledge worker doesn't need a bit of rapprochement. Workers in the UK are using almost the equivalent of their paid leave, 29 days, on sorting through their inboxes.

The Real Reasons Why Working Mums Want A Career

Jane Johnson | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Parents
Jane Johnson

Surely we owe it to the next generation to prove we not only made educating women the norm, we also made it possible for them go on and do something with those highly educated brains? In an age when we can work across continents and timezones, do we really believe the only place and time to get the job done is 8am-6pm in the office.

This Part-Timer Is Revolting: The Ocean Of Talent Going To Waste

Nicola Wiggins | Posted 30.12.2016 | UK Parents
Nicola Wiggins

Unfortunately, career changes mean starting at the bottom. Or they mean working evenings and weekends, building up a business or working freelance, and missing out on family time. What's the other choice? Oh, yeah. Work part-time for peanuts whilst paying what feels like a billion pounds for childcare.

Mumpreneurs - What A Load Of B*llocks

Jo Love | Posted 13.12.2016 | UK Parents
Jo Love

If asked, many so-called 'mumpreneurs' will admit the initial transition to self-employment was not as a result of a positive choice, but as a frustrated response to inhospitable workplace cultures, the rising cost of childcare, inflexible work schedules, poor quality part-time jobs, and discriminatory attitudes

How Mums Have Paved The Way For Flexi Working Dads Too

Alec Dobbie | Posted 14.12.2016 | UK Parents
Alec Dobbie

No one is amazed that my wife also works around the children. I am in awe of my wife and all that she does at work, home and with the children, and I am privileged that I am around to see it. I am more productive and happier when I can work around my family, and I want to give my staff work that works too.

Mama's Got Skills, So Why Can't I Get A Job?

Kerryanne Botibol | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Parents
Kerryanne Botibol

Since then I have had two different jobs. The first I should have never of accepted, the rapid staff turn over should have been a warning sign. The strange friend/family dynamic of the company should have been another.

Why Flexible Working Is Important To Young Parents

Laura Davies | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK Parents
Laura Davies

Flexible working should be welcomed. Having a flexible employee not only means that an employer is retaining those important skills they have trained their staff in, it also proves to their team that they believe in them and are willing to work with them to keep them as a member of staff.

Why Firms Need To Change Their Not-In-My-Backyard Approach To Flexible Working

Lisa Williams | Posted 06.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Williams

The pay gap between men and women is increasing. And one of the main reasons for this is because women aren't getting the promotions or progressing with their careers at the same rate as men. The current rules around flexible working are not robust enough (employees can request flexible working but employers can just as easily refuse it), and attitudes need to change.

Flexible Working? Only If You Earn Enough

Sarah Jackson | Posted 05.10.2016 | UK Parents
Sarah Jackson

Everyone has the right to request flexible working, whether or not you are a parent or a carer. And flexible working comes in many forms. It's not just about working fewer hours. It could be working compressed hours, or from home, or agreeing different hours during term time and the school holidays.

Why Mums Need #WorkThatWorks

Nikki Cochrane | Posted 29.09.2016 | UK Parents
Nikki Cochrane

This week sees the launch of the Digital Mums #WorkThatWorks Report in conjunction with the Centre for Economic and Business Research (Cebr). And what is abundantly clear is that the lack of flexible working for mothers in the UK remains utterly scandalous.

Be a Good Sport This Summer...

Tim Stone | Posted 08.07.2016 | UK
Tim Stone

With a great line-up of sporting events planned for this summer, businesses need to wise up as some of the staff will be wanting to tune in to these d...

Poor Practice and Inflexible Attitudes Fuel the Teacher Supply Crisis

Chris Keates | Posted 06.06.2016 | UK
Chris Keates

It's a simple fact that without good teachers, recognised and rewarded as highly skilled professionals and with working conditions to enable them to focus on teaching and learning, children and young people will not receive their entitlement to high quality education provision. Yet that simple fact seems to be alien to too many of those employing and managing the teaching workforce.

I'm Running for WE Because I Want a Better Deal for Women AND Men

Isabelle Parasram | Posted 17.03.2016 | UK Politics
Isabelle Parasram

Flexible working is just one example of a policy area in which I hope to bridge the gap between the 'average' man and WE, which I see as a key area WE need to focus on. Some of my favourite people in the entire world are men - my husband and three young sons being top of the list! My message is that WE are not anti-men, WE don't want to see men airbrushed out of society, in fact, WE believe that equality for all will mean a better deal for women AND men.

What Causes the Gender Pay Gap?

Mandy Garner | Posted 02.03.2016 | UK
Mandy Garner

The AAT study suggests that the reasons are highly complex and often linked. While there is criticism about the kind of information that the government wants to see published and the lack of any analysis or context to it, it is surely a step forward. It is hard to deal with a problem in the absence of hard data, even if the data itself needs to be subject to analysis.

Modern-day Parenthood: Redefining Flexibility

Sasha Szczepanski | Posted 22.02.2016 | UK Parents
Sasha Szczepanski

The bits and pieces of your former professional life spilled out all over the freeway, and there you are, dodging through lanes of oncoming traffic to try to pick it back up and make it all function again.

Is Flexible Working Bad for Your Health?

Mandy Garner | Posted 15.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Mandy Garner

'Flexible working is bad for your health' screamed a headline a few days ago. Oh no, here we go with the backlash against flexible working, I thought. I read the article with interest, well aware that to every positive there is always a negative.

Make Flexible Working A New Year's Resolution

Aileen Campbell | Posted 01.01.2017 | UK Politics
Aileen Campbell

We know many parents and carers have to juggle work with family commitments. That is one of the reasons why the Scottish Government has expanded free annual early learning and childcare to 600 hours a year for all three and four year olds and some two year olds.

Part-Time Politics

Mandy Garner | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Parents
Mandy Garner

It's been over a year since flexible working was extended to all employees. The hope at the time was that this might contribute to the normalisation of flexible working and take it out of the parent [read mother] ghetto. Has that proved to be the case?

Let's Stop Talking About Superwomen

Alice Bell Reeves | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK Parents
Alice Bell Reeves

While many mothers actively want to take on paid work - for financial, intellectual, civic, social or sanity reasons - and some of us have career ambitions too, that doesn't mean we all want to work almost all the hours in the day.

Flexible Working - A Missed Opportunity?

Tracey Bleakley | Posted 23.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Tracey Bleakley

Embracing flexible working can actually bring substantial benefits to an organisation. Many small businesses know this instinctively. They hire in roles on a part-time basis as and when they need the resource in order to keep costs low and survive the tricky first few years.

A Return to Burnout Britain?

Fiona McPhillips | Posted 15.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona McPhillips

With flexibility, work time can spill over into non-work time, especially when a deadline needs to be met or something unexpected comes up. This 'emergency time' is further facilitated by mobile technologies that allow employers to contact employees at any time.

Tackling the Taboo of Flexible Working

Janvi Patel | Posted 30.07.2016 | UK
Janvi Patel

I think flexible working is the new way forward and for us and our market, it is the only way forward. Now is the time for employers to be brave, to seize the opportunity and embrace the future model of working. Flexible working is not just about a better work/life balance, but about making us all - employees and businesses alike - more effective.

The Truth About Being Pregnant at Work

Vicki Marinker | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK Parents
Vicki Marinker

I found some employers acting like sexist dinosaurs, while other companies are much more enlightened when it comes to pregnancy in the workplace. I've changed the names of some of the women who spilled the beans to protect them from identification.

Boosting Productivity Through Agile Working

Mandy Garner | Posted 08.07.2016 | UK Parents
Mandy Garner

The Chancellor is expected to announce the government's plan to boost productivity on Friday. The news comes just after the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development published a report on productivity which showed that "agile" working was a major part of the productivity puzzle.