Flexible Working

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 18.01.2016 | 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 01.01.2016 | 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 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 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.

Dads Are Not Just for Father's Day

Mandy Garner | Posted 22.06.2016 | 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 19.06.2016 | 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 04.05.2016 | 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.