Flexible Working

Ask Us Anything About Flexible Working

Sarah Jackson | Posted 04.10.2017 | UK Parents
Sarah Jackson

It's National Work Life Week - and we are running a special advice session when you can ask us anything about flexible working. But we also took a look at the most popular pieces of advice on our website to highlight which aspects of flexible working parents are struggling with.

The Equal Parenting Conundrum

Mandy Garner | Posted 22.09.2017 | UK Parents
Mandy Garner

The norm is taking a huge toll on families - full timers feeling unhappy and overwhelmed in roles where they may be in almost constant demand; flexible workers finding themselves stuck in jobs where their experience and talent are wasted; couples pushed apart by very different experiences of the workplace and family life; and children stuck in the middle.

My Every Day Juggling Act

Victoria Sbraga | Posted 02.08.2017 | UK Parents
Victoria Sbraga

Nobody said it was easy, no one ever said it would be so hard! Yup, being a mummy has its challenges. I wouldn't change it for the world, my little g...

Employing Modern Thinking Will Make The Gig Economy Work For Everyone

Michelle Wright | Posted 20.07.2017 | UK
Michelle Wright

The news stories around disruptive tech companies and bogus self-employment are one side of the Gig Economy story. But beyond the cabs and couriers, f...

Why Are More Fathers Feeling 'Guilty'?

Han-Son Lee | Posted 27.06.2017 | UK Parents
Han-Son Lee

It's vital that if dads want to keep creating the right balance in their lives, that having those serious discussion need to happen now. We have a way to go yet, and I'd love to hear from dads going through this and what they're trying to do to manage it.

Working 9-5 Ain't No Way To Make A Living

Anna Whitehouse | Posted 03.05.2017 | UK Parents
Anna Whitehouse

Her norks are a marvel and her hair has been a lifelong inspiration to me, but for once, Dolly Parton is wrong - working nine to five is no way to make a living. So I'm on a mission to end the nine to five for good, and I've started by essentially selling my family on the internet.

Can We Really Have It All?

Ruth Kudzi | Posted 02.05.2017 | UK Parents
Ruth Kudzi

I really didn't think that my generation had to worry about those choices that I saw my mum making. It was only after speaking to my NCT group that I realised I was the only one who was planning to return to full time work. When I looked at my friends who had kids very few of them were working full time.

Why We Are Making Such A Fuss About Flexible Working

Ruth Kudzi | Posted 03.04.2017 | UK Parents
Ruth Kudzi

The reason that flexible working is so popular with mums (and dads) is because you have to confront what you are doing when you need to be at nursery at 6pm (or get fined every minute you are late). You can no longer pretend that your working habits are okay or workable.

Do We Focus On The Wrong Thing When Encouraging Parents Back To Work?

Pip Wilson | Posted 30.03.2017 | UK Parents
Pip Wilson

That's not to downplay how difficult it can be: balancing professional life and bringing up children is tough. I don't believe that everybody can 'have it all', and it is naïve to expect to not have to make sacrifices. But I do believe that by considering what the ideal solution for your family would be, and having both parents strive to make that happen, families will begin to enjoy the freedom and happiness that should be commonplace but, sadly, is still not.

Companies Need To Re-Evaluate Their Attitudes To Fatherhood As Well As Motherhood

Gary Lewis | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK Parents
Gary Lewis

And herein lies the rub. HR needs to change its practices. Companies need to re-evaluate their attitudes to fatherhood as well as motherhood. The infrastructure needs to change to give us more support.

Five Things You Should Know Before Creating Your Maternity Leave Plan

Jacqui Beel | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK Parents
Jacqui Beel

Despite the excitement around having a baby, in reality there is a lot of planning that comes with it that can seem daunting and stressful. When planning to take time off work, you want to make sure you create a plan that is best for you and your employer and make the most of the options available to you.

How To Keep Sane Working From Home

Ruth Kudzi | Posted 19.03.2017 | UK Parents
Ruth Kudzi

It is the ultimate holy grail of many parents, to be able to work from home. We all see the adverts on Facebook offering a "laptop lifestyle" and with beautiful young women tapping away in gorgeous houses and I am sure I am not the only one who has a knowing smile.

Employ Me, I'm A Parent!

Emily Abbey | Posted 15.03.2017 | UK Parents
Emily Abbey

But just how do parents explain a short spell of baby-making and toddler-rearing without potential future employers simply writing us off as either out of the game, or that we'll just be incredibly needy employee's demanding the working world revolve around our sproglets?

Going Green - Five Office Design Trends To Watch This Year

Kenneth Freeman | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK
Kenneth Freeman

Research has shown that UK office workers' productivity is so poor that we only spend three days out of five actually working. So why aren't businesses investing in more inspiring workplaces to motivate their workers?

The Government Wants To Help Mothers Return To Work, But What Can Flexible Working Really Bring To An Organisation?

Jane Johnson | Posted 10.03.2017 | UK Parents
Jane Johnson

Flexible working itself requires highly sought-after skills, and we should not be afraid to draw this to the attention of recruiters and employers. We will need to prove ourselves and the value we bring. We are a flexible working PR and Communications consultancy, and here are some of the lessons we have learnt from our own experience:

#BeBoldForChange And Consign The 9 To 5 To History

Nikki Cochrane | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK Parents
Nikki Cochrane

all women everywhere So the problem certainly isn't a lack of enthusiasm from mums. The problem is an overwhelming number of businesses that are frightened of change. Businesses that are clinging on to a 9-5, coat-on-the-chair culture of another era.

Why I Disagree With Flexible Working For Mums

Beth Searle | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Searle

Why should flexible working only be available for parents? What about the rest of us who don't feel at their most productive when forced to sit for a ...

Why 2017 Is The Year Of Flexible Working

Ruth Kudzi | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK Parents
Ruth Kudzi

The solution for many mums is to start up their own business. Mumprenuers have a lot of bad press (and personally I hate that word). I am not talking about mums making candles in their kitchen (although there is nothing wrong with this). I work with professional women who want to use their skills and experience to create successful businesses.

2017 Has Been Billed As A 'Tipping Point' For Flexible Working, So Why Is It So Hard To Find A Job Outside Of The 9-5?

Hayley Kearney | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK Parents
Hayley Kearney

Many professional women are lucky enough to be able to return flexibly to their posts after maternity leave. But what if you take a career break or your company can't offer the flexibility you need? What about flexible roles at the point of hire?

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.