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.

  • Back to school: What employers should be thinking about

    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

    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

    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

    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?

    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’

    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

    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

  • From the legal frontline of coronavirus: the diary of a Working Families adviser

    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.

  • School’s out – and the problems of inflexible and insecure work are laid bare

    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.

  • Employers: When you say a job is flexible, make sure you really mean it—or face the consequences.

    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.