Workplace Flexibility

Juggling Family And Work Is Possible - You Just Need The Tools To Do It!

Sarah Lloyd | Posted 21.04.2017 | UK Parents
Sarah Lloyd

Ultimately, there's a reason so many people want to work flexibly - it means you can do your job to the highest standard without putting the rest of your life on the backburner. It's meant I've been there to collect the girls from nursery, and to bake the biggest and the best cakes on their birthdays.

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.

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.

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:

Kids Really Do Change You

Ruth Kudzi | Posted 21.02.2017 | UK Parents
Ruth Kudzi

To an extent this was true, although the music festivals now tend to be of the kid friendly variety, as do the restaurants and the holidays. I am happy about the changes but I would lie if I said it was an easy transition into parenthood. It is more like a seismic overnight shift.

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 Uber Tribunal Ruling Could Ruin My Life

Anna Campbell | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK
Anna Campbell

I don't understand why I should not get to choose the type of contract I enter into with my employer - why should the unions and courts decide for me? I'm not a child that needs to be told what's best for me.

Green Party Leadership Job Share Is A Hopeful Sign For Disabled People Like Me

Clare Phipps | Posted 13.09.2017 | UK Politics
Clare Phipps

Congratulations to them both for their term job sharing leadership of the Party, and here's to making our workplaces, including those within politics, more flexible and inclusive for those with caring or parental responsibilities, as well as for disabled people like me.

Say Hello to Your New Workforce: Generation Z

Janvi Patel | Posted 04.08.2017 | UK
Janvi Patel

Brace yourselves: the first cohorts of Generation Z are about to march into your office. Born after 1995, Gen Z are graduating this summer and will be finding their feet in work places up and down the country not long after. The question is, are businesses prepared for their arrival?

Be a Good Sport This Summer...

Tim Stone | Posted 08.07.2017 | 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...

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.

Having it All as a Man

Jayne Morris | Posted 09.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jayne Morris

For both men and women to truly 'have it all' we need flexibility in the way we work so that we can take better care of our own needs and those of our children. This is vital not only to help prevent burnout of the workforce but also to prevent the burnout of our children.

Does Maternity Leave Give Women a Taster For Becoming Stay-at-Home-Mothers?

Andrea Mara | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andrea Mara

Assuming there isn't a secret world where stay-at-home mothers get to loll about all day in spas sipping Pinot Grigio, there must be some reason why more women than men stay at home with children?

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?

Tube Be, or Not Tube Be - How to Avoid the Travel Chaos During London's Transport Strike

Tim Stone | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK Tech
Tim Stone

The tube strikes have served to highlight the fact that the UK working population is crying out to be spared the daily commute. I feel lucky to work for an organisation where 100 percent of our employees are equipped with the technology to allow them to work remotely.

Mental Health at Work: Show Leadership and Start Talking

Charlie Mowat | Posted 24.05.2014 | UK
Charlie Mowat

There must be many more people who have suffered mental ill health as I have, and yet still work and succeed. I want to take this opportunity to encourage business owners and employees to speak up and share your experiences, as the more of us there are having the conversation, the louder it will be.

Making Flexible Working Work for You

Penny de Valk | Posted 26.04.2014 | UK
Penny de Valk

Despite regular reports that flexible workers are more productive and committed, the practice is still regularly presented as one of the biggest issues in the workplace, with managers too often looking at it as a problem to be solved rather than as a problem solving tool.

Five Ways to Gain a More Positive Work Outlook This January

Louise Aston | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Aston

January is typically the month where workers across the UK are supposedly feeling most anxious and downcast about the challenges of the coming year. Some claim that 'Blue Monday', which reportedly fell this week, is the moment at which our optimism is at its lowest level.

Why I Don't Use Zero-Hours Contracts: Three Basic Principles

Charlie Mowat | Posted 03.11.2013 | UK
Charlie Mowat

I can see the issue from both points of view, and the debate seems to have polarised with the solution probably being somewhere in the middle. I certainly don't think that zero-hours contracts should be banned outright. However, at my company, The Clean Space, nobody is on a zero-hour contract, despite them being extremely common in the cleaning industry as this list of vacancies shows.

The Extroverted Society

Laura Cooper | Posted 21.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Cooper

There needs to be a compromise when recruiting talent. It isn't convincing to think of individuals as wholly introverted or extroverted. We need diverse, balanced workforces that accommodate different styles of working and different ways of talking.

Social Collaboration, With Purpose

Neil Davidson | Posted 02.06.2013 | UK Tech
Neil Davidson

Everyone in life can benefit from a less complicated way of living/working. As they say, less is more, so when it comes to planning your next project - either at home or at work, perhaps take a moment to ask yourself - is there a simpler way to manage this?

Snow Disruption Shouldn't Mean a Freeze on Productivity

Peter Boucher | Posted 26.03.2013 | UK
Peter Boucher

We Brits love talking about the weather. It's been used as an icebreaker to start conversations with friends and strangers alike since time immemorial. As temperatures remain around freezing and snow continues to fall in many parts of the country, this latest bout of bad weather is another chilling reminder that more businesses need to adopt a more flexible approach to working.

Nappy Days! Parents To Benefit From Shared Parental Leave

Charlie Thomas | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK

Parents will be able to split maternity leave between them under new plans to be unveiled by the deputy prime minister Nick Clegg. Under the propos...

What Price 'Work-Life Balance'?

Caroline Davey | Posted 26.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Caroline Davey

It's clear that single parents overwhelmingly want to work - but while 59% of single parents already do (and most of the rest want to), many working single parents continue to face poverty, instability and a lack of opportunity for progression.