New report: What employers should do today to be ready for tomorrow
Published: 2 May 2019
Working Families and Bright Horizons have launched a new report, which lays out key takeaways and recommendations for employers from the 2019 Modern Families Index.
The report focuses on flexible working and the reality of flexible jobs from the perspective of working parents in the UK. The experience of parents shows that flexible working is widespread, although patchy in some sectors and for some workers. It is beneficial in helping parents get a better work life fit, although it is not a panacea. Issues around job design, workloads and organisational culture undermine some of the benefits of flexibility, and proper management of flexibility to ensure it works is, for many parents, missing.
Job design and flexible recruitment are potential solutions to some of these issues and are central to many of the report’s recommendations. It is clear that flexibility is an attractor and retainer: if jobs are flexible and well-designed, people want to stay in them. But when it comes time to move on, this can be problematic when opportunities are limited.
Flexible recruitment can address this challenge, and in doing so can also help tackle the issue of human-sized jobs. Rethinking how a job might be done flexibly also means thinking about how it can be optimised – in a way that isn’t exclusive to those with caring responsibilities or those who want a different balance between work and life.