Blogs

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.


  • How Flexible Recruitment Could Transform the World of Work for Parents and Carers

    10 Oct 2019

    Jane van Zyl, Chief Executive of Working Families, outlines how flexible recruitment is key to transforming the world of work.  National Work Life Week is a chance for employees and employers to have conversations about work-life balance.  At Working Families, it’s a time for us to reflect on how we can make the workplace a better place for millions […]

  • Knowing your rights for work-life balance

    7 Oct 2019

    National Work Life Week provides a chance to reflect on your work-life balance. For many working parents and carers, getting this balance right can be elusive. Luckily, there are some legal rights designed to make it a little easier. But many working parents don’t know what their rights are.

  • Every Week is National Work Life Week at Zurich UK

    7 Oct 2019

    By Steve Collinson, Head of HR at Zurich, a Working Families employer member. Empowering our people to work in a way that fits around their own personal needs is at the core of our business DNA. This is not simply a ‘bandwagon’ we’ve jumped on to gain media traction or fall in line with the […]

  • Can flexible working reduce your gender pay gap?

    25 Sep 2019

    Your gender pay gap tells you that your organisation probably has fewer women in better paid, more senior roles; more in less well paid, more junior roles; and probably more women than men in part-time roles.

  • Finding balance through running

    17 Sep 2019

    I’m delighted that I’m running this year’s Royal Parks half on behalf of Working Families. The charity helps working parents and carers—and their employers—find a better balance between responsibilities at home and in the workplace.

  • How employers can adapt to meet the needs of carers

    15 Jul 2019

    Clare McIntosh is mum to three gorgeous children and has worked full time for the last three years since joining her company as part of the Carers Returner Program. Her son has Down Syndrome and she was given the opportunity during Carers Week recently to share her experiences and thoughts on how employers can adapt to meet the needs of Carers.

  • Walking the Walk

    21 Jun 2019

    Today we celebrate Go Home on Time Day, Working Families’ national campaign to raise awareness of the importance of work-life balance.

  • What do we mean by going home ‘on time’?

    19 Jun 2019

    If we leave our job on time every day but then spend the entire evening either glued to our work e-mails, or even just worrying about work, then how much of our time have we really given to our families or friends that evening? The quality of the time we have spent with someone outside of work has been severely impacted. And how happy does this make us?

  • How to Make the Most of Go Home on Time Day

    17 Jun 2019

    If you find it difficult to finish work on time or organise your working hours, we’ve pulled together a list of top tips to help you get on your way.

  • On the road to true equality: mums and dads in 2019 and beyond

    12 Jun 2019

    As Bob Dylan once sang, ‘times are a changing.’ And when it comes to parents in the workplace, the last decade has brought much change—focussed predominantly on mothers at work (though there is much improvement needed there still)—but it is at least a start. The next decade may bring about even more change for even more parents, as changing family dynamics start to shine a light into the future ahead.