I’d like to say I saw the flexible working revolution coming, because way back in 2014 I was already bringing it to employees at Dixons / Carphone as their Group HR director, but I don’t think anyone can really claim to have understood how much of an impact the pandemic would make on the world we work in now. I think it’s brought the process forward by at least ten years.
As we mark National Work Life Week this year, we’re witnessing a massive revolution in our world of work, accelerated by in part by new technology, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, legislative and regulatory changes, climate concerns and the pressing need to resolve social inequalities.
The proposals on flexible working that the government has outlined today, particularly the plan to give people the right to request flexible working from day one in a job, are a big step forward.
A Q&A with Helen Humphreys who took over as Chair on 1 September, 2021 after her appointment was confirmed at a meeting of the Board on 29 July, 2021.
Last summer, when we launched #FlexTheUK to campaign for a permanent, people-centred change towards flexible working post-pandemic, I don’t think any of us could have predicted quite what a long, tumultuous year of lockdowns and restrictions we still had ahead of us.
At the core of our work is a determination to empower parents and carers to understand and use their workplace rights. There are three clear strands to how we view our work: empowering working parents and carers, supporting employers, and driving policy change.
We welcome calls for flexible working to be ‘normalised’ by employers: now we need a new Employment Bill to make it law
We must remember that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (under which workers can be ‘furloughed’) won’t last forever. The wider issue is that there is currently no statutory paid leave entitlement parents can fall back on when, for example, their childcare arrangements unravel unexpectedly.
More than six months on and the COVID pandemic is with us as much as ever. Our recent polling found that one in five working parents (20%) felt they had been treated less fairly at work due to their childcare responsibilities since the pandemic began. This equates to 2.6 million people across the UK.
The changing face of work & family life: An interview with the CEOs of Talking Talent and Working Families
To mark National Work Life Week, Talking Talent CEO Chris Parke and Working Families CEO Jane van Zyl share their thoughts on the changing shape of work and family, and why it’s in everyone’s interest to offer more supportive workplace cultures for working families.