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National Work Life Week – coming soon to a workplace near you

Published: 17 Jul 2015

The dates for National Work Life Week 2016 have been announced. Find out more here.

Working Families is calling on everyone to get involved in National Work Life Week, kindly sponsored by Cisco, from 21st to 25th September, a year on from the extension of the Right to Request flexible working for all.

Recent research shows that despite the extension of the Right to Request flexible working to all employees and many months after the introduction of Shared Parental Leave, a significant number of parents are unhappy with their work life balance: over a quarter feel resentful towards their employer and forty percent said their work life was becoming increasingly stressful.

Now in its sixth year, National Work Life Week was started by the charity Working Families with the aim of shining a light on the importance of balancing work and home for everyone.  With flexible working not a reality for almost a third of parents who say that they are not able to work flexibly, National Work Life Week 2015 is needed more than ever.

Sarah Jackson, Chief Executive of the charity comments:

‘The flexible working and family friendly landscape is changing and work life balance is now an achievable goal for people of all ages and at every stage of their working lives.  Working Families hopes that employers and employees alike will celebrate National Work Life Week and use it as an opportunity to highlight the importance of balancing work and life outside of work and make it a reality for everyone.’

The week includes free webcasts for employees, the ever popular Go Home on Time Day on Wednesday 23rd September and Flexible Friday on 25th September.  The week kicks off on Monday 21st September with the announcement of the annual list of Top Employers for Working Families, showcasing those organisations who support their parents, carers and flexible workers. Employers can be inspired at the conference on 21st September where they will hear from this year’s Top Employers for Working Families Special Award winners.

It’s clear that there’s a growing demand for better work balance. The key findings in The Modern Families Index1 published by Working Families in 2015 together with details of calls to the charity’s legal advice helpline both underline the need for work life balance.

Sarah Jackson continues:

“We know from our research and from the callers to our busy helpline that it’s vital to get the balance between work and home right.  National Work Life Week is a reminder that life outside work is just as important as life at work. When the balance is out of kilter, stress at work or at home can spill over into the other, which is bad for people and bad for business.”

In 2014 employers and employees across the UK got involved with the week and Working Families is calling for everyone to get involved this year. For inspiration, take a look at how UK organisations got involved last year.

Sarah Jackson concludes:

‘We know that good employers are working with the grain of employees’ lives and are offering flexible and family friendly workplaces. It’s clear that working life and employee expectations are really changing and that work-life balance is no longer solely the domain of people with caring responsibilities.  A healthy work-life balance means loyal, engaged and productive employees.  It’s good for people and good for business.’

Check out the Working Families’ website for inspiration on ways to fine tune your personal work-life balance and get involved in National Work Life Week.’


Notes to Editors

1The Modern Families Index was published by Working Families and Bright Horizons in January 2015. The report captures a snapshot of how UK families combine work and life.

For more information contact:

Deborah Granville, Campaign Manager, Deborah.granville@workingfamilies.org.uk or telephone 07887 573464

Working Families Press Office on 020 7253 7243 or email press@workingfamilies.org.uk 

Case studies of people choosing to work flexibly, taking Shared Parental Leave or leaving work on time and of employers who offer flexible working or enhanced SPL are available. Contact the press office for details.

Working Families is the UK’s leading work-life balance organisation.  The charity supports and gives a voice to working parents and carers, whilst also helping employers create workplaces which encourage work-life balance for everyone  The legal advice service for working parents is available on 0300 012 0312  or email advice@workingfamilies.org.uk www.workingfamilies.org.uk 

Go Home on Time Day – follow the blog and download resources to support your plans for the day – http://gohomeontimeday.com/ 

About Cisco – sponsor of National Work-Life Week 2015

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