Blogs

Fountain penWelcome to our WorkFlex Blog where we explore news, policy developments and ideas relating to how parents, carers and their employers can best achieve a good work-life balance.

In the interests of open debate and the exploration of new ideas, any  views expressed here may not necessarily represent the formal view of Working Families.


  • Why now is the right time to #flextheUK

    18 Jun 2020

    There has never been a bigger opportunity for a seismic shift in the way we work. There’s no going back to business as usual: it’s time to #flextheUK.

  • Q&A with Linklaters: how are employers adapting their flexible working practices in light of COVID-19?

    17 Jun 2020

    We caught up with Peter Bevan to find out how Linklaters has adapted its flexible and family-friendly practices as a result of COVID-19.

  • Volunteers’ Week 2020 – ‘A real taste for what it’s like to work in law’

    5 Jun 2020

    This week is Volunteers Week (1-7 June, 2020) and we're taking the chance to say a huge thank you to our volunteers. We caught up with Caitlin and Lucy who have recently started volunteering with our Legal Advice Service, which has seen a large spike in demand during the Covid-19 pandemic, to find out how they are getting on. 

  • Back to school: What employers should be thinking about

    14 May 2020

    The coronavirus pandemic has been far from straightforward for working parents and their employers to manage while schools and childcare settings have been closed. We’ve seen great examples of a pragmatic and flexible approach to how work is organised during this time from some of our employer members, but we know from the sheer volume of people seeking support from our advice service that this has been far from the norm.

  • Flexible Working for Dads – Why it Matters, and Ways to Make it Happen

    6 May 2020

    In these unprecedented times, one of the most significant challenges that I hear about everyday from the DaddiLife community is being able to balance work and family time. Han-Son Lee, the founder of DaddiLife – a parenting website for dads and a community of over 100,000 Millennial Dads - highlights that flexible working is possible, and it's beneficial to both the family and the dad.

  • In the eye of the storm

    27 Apr 2020

    How do you manage a team when its workload explodes? I manage Working Families' free legal advice helpline and the number of people contacting us for help has increased six fold in the last month.

  • The COVID-19 Balancing Act

    24 Apr 2020

    Like countless working parents across the UK, many of our team members are juggling working from home and caring for children during the COVID-19 pandemic. There’s one thing we know for sure: there’s no one-size-fits-all solution for making this “new normal” work. But here are a few tips from the team that we hope might help.

  • Q&A with Superdrug: How can employers support parents and carers during COVID-19?

    22 Apr 2020

    We sat down virtually with Jo Mackie, Customer and People Director at Superdrug—a Working Families employer member—to learn how they are supporting parents and carers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • The financial shock ‘double whammy’

    17 Apr 2020

    The Universal Credit system is leaving many parents who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19 worse off. This needs to change. The Universal Credit system is leaving many parents who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19 worse off. This needs to change.

  • COVID-19 Benefits Round-up

    8 Apr 2020

    Amidst an unprecedented number of people claiming benefits due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our legal adviser Will Hadwen shares how the benefits landscape has changed