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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
Since the COVID-19 outbreak started, Working Families has received an unprecedented number of queries from parents and carers who are in dire straits due to the virus.
Schools have closed because of the coronavirus, and for many, work-life boundaries will be going out the window. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
It’s clear that advertising more jobs on a part-time and flexible basis would support parents to find work, stay in work, and—crucially—support their career progression.