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Online library of best practice in providing equality in the workplace launched today

Published: 5 Oct 2017

Simple steps like actively promoting options to work flexibly, managers championing flexible working and embedding flexible working in the recruitment process are among a new wealth of best practice case studies available to HR managers for the first time.

Working Families is launching its new online Wainwright case study library during National Work Life Week to showcase effective – and often simple – examples of how HR teams can promote and embed flexible working and therefore equality, in the workplace.

The campaign week aims to get employees and employers exploring work life balance, something HR personnel can play a key role in.

To help HR teams, Working Families has revealed its top five tips to help promote and embed flexible working, based on real case studies in its new library:

  1. Actively promote options to work flexibly to your workforce
  2. Encourage them to suggest innovative ways of working
  3. Mobilise your managers to role model and promote flexible working
  4. Embed flexible working in your recruitment process – job advertisements should be specific about the type of flexibility possible in the role.  Supporting line managers around role design and flexible hiring is crucial
  5. Monitor the performance of your flexible workers to ensure their work is fairly recognised.

Flexibility at work is crucial to working families trying to achieve the balance that works for them between work and family life.  Working Families and Bright Horizon’s 2017 Modern Families Index showed that, for 50% of parents, their work life balance is increasingly a source of stress. Almost half (48%) said their working hours regularly got in the way of spending time with their children.

The Wainwright case study library is the most comprehensive online library of best practice in providing equality in the workplace.  It has been made publicly available today at www.workingfamilies.org.uk/case-studies.  It has been set up in the name of equal pay and opportunities pioneer David Wainwright, thanks to a grant from the Wainwright Trust to the UK’s work life balance charity Working Families, and has been launched to help mark the charity’s annual National Work Life Week campaign.

The Wainwright Trust was set up 30 years ago following David Wainwright’s tragically early death in 1987 and, since then, has raised money, commissioned and published research, funded and helped produce invaluable tools in the fight for equal pay and opportunities and held annual events to bring together and update people committed to and active in the area of equality at work.

The case studies will encompass many of the aspects of workplace equality that David was concerned about and the collection will be updated on a regular basis as Working Families continues its work with employers, seeking out and encouraging best practice in equality at work.

Susanne Lawrence, Chair of Trustees at The Wainwright Trust, said:

“We hope that through this good practice case study library, current and future generations are inspired by and benefit from the types of innovative solutions that resulted from David’s unique blend of drive and practical experience of bringing about change in workplace equality.”

Sarah Jackson, Chief Executive at Working Families, said:

“Employers, employees and policy-makers looking for innovative and inspiring solutions to workplace inequality should look no further that the Wainwright case study library.

““Working Families has been at the forefront of campaigning for better work life balance for UK families for more than three decades, and we’re delighted to be showcasing these rich and varied examples of good practice on our website, kindly supported by the Wainwright Trust.”

Working Families is interested in what makes ‘good’ work – two key components of which are enough money on which to raise a family and enough time and support for employees with family, community or other responsibilities outside work.

Newer case studies to be added to the library, therefore, will showcase employer and individual best practice around:

  • time: the intensification of work; zero-hour contracts; flexible working have and have-nots;
  • well-being: tackling extreme jobs/long hours; the impact of work on happiness and on health;
  • respect: in all areas of work, from inclusive recruitment through to rights for fathers;
  • money: in-work poverty, the living wage and  fair pay, work for older women; and
  • Society: the macro picture – childcare; corporate citizenship; having a good employment footprint and access to rights for all at work.

Browse the case study library