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Toolkits, Guides and Policies for Employers

Working Families members have access to the following toolkits, guides and policies for employers which have been designed to support you and your organisation.

Please note that selected resources are available to purchase in our Shop for non-members.

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Downloadable Resources

New resources – COVID-19 and homeworking

We have rounded up some useful information about home and remote working for use during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have staff who are parents having to balance working with childcare, or you are a line manager looking after remote staff, these resources provide some top tips to get the best out of your whole team.

Creating a flexible, high-performing workplace

These resources provide an overview of what is needed at leadership level to create a high-performing flexible workplace, and what is needed from other stakeholders in the organisation. It gives practical advice on some of the key issues and challenges which underpin – and can undermine – successful culture change.

Leading high performing flexible teams

This toolkit equips you to create, lead and manage a high-performing, flexible team. Flexible working practices are now the norm in most organisations. There is a widespread recognition that it is important to offer all employees greater control and autonomy in how they work, and an understanding that doing so can bring a real commercial advantage.

Job design and flexible recruitment

Being able to offer more jobs on a flexible basis can be hugely beneficial to your organisation, helping you close the gender pay gap, widen your talent pool, and ensure you have the best person for the job. This toolkit will help you undertake a strategic review of the roles within your organisation, supporting you to recruit more flexibly.

Supporting mothers at work: best practice guides and model policies for employers

This exclusive set of resources offers best-practice guidance for employers who want to go above and beyond in supporting mothers.  From maternity leave and pay, to creating a maternity strategy, to IVF support, our guides will give you the tools you need to improve retention and further the career progression of women in your workforce.

Supporting Mothers: Resources for Line Managers

This toolkit provides essential resources for line managers on pregnancy and maternity, including checklists and a template for handover and returning to work.

Shared Parental Leave – a Toolkit for Employers

This toolkit provides a guide for employers of tried and tested ways of encouraging take up of Shared Parental Leave, a model policy, and a Shared Parental Leave Planner which will help parents, their line managers and HR professionals plot when Maternity, Paternity and Shared Parental Leave and pay can be taken/claimed.

Supporting Carers in the Workplace –  a Toolkit for Employers

This toolkit provides a guide to the tried and tested measures and policies employers can introduce to support the carers in their workforce in whom they have invested significant time and money.

The Flex-fit Job Analysis

Every role will have some form of flexibility, but not all roles will have all forms of flexibility. This Flex-fit Job Analysis toolkit will help you identify the flexibility inherent in any role and provide a solid evidence base for flexible working discussions.

Employee networks guide

This guide is intended to give some basic guidance about the types of issues you will need to consider if you want to set up a Family/Parents/Carers Network within your organisation.

This checklist is intended to help you review the policies, processes and supporting materials that you have put in place to support parents and carers in your workplace. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all the areas for consideration, but should provide a basic framework and starting point.

In recent years, ideas about the participation of fathers in family life have undergone profound change, and it has become increasingly untenable to assume that mothers will always act as the primary carer for young children and babies.

Eligibility and notice requirements for Statutory provisions for Ordinary and Additional Paternity Leave and Pay.

Details of the new regulations that came into force from 6 April 2020.

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