Flexible Working

Part-Time Politics

Mandy Garner | Posted 24.11.2015 | 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 23.11.2015 | 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 24.09.2015 | 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 17.09.2015 | 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 31.07.2015 | 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 30.07.2015 | 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 09.07.2015 | 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.

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.