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.
Han-Son Lee from Daddilife explores how National Work Life Week is a chance for us to reflect on the type of work/life integration that best fits our lives and goals.
Gemma Dale explores the loss of boundaries between working and home for working parents since Covid-19 took this to a whole other level.
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?
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.