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.
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 […]
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.
Sera is a qualified NLP Practitioner, coach & mentor, author of ‘Dana’s Walk’ and co-author of ‘Transforming Your Life’, and mum to Dana (aged 20) with Cerebral Palsy
If employers are serious about creating a culture where employees with caring responsibilities feel supported, then they need to be more open about how they do that in practice.
As part of a recent research project, we spoke with parents and people who are caring for adult friends and relatives about managing their caring responsibilities at the same time as managing employment and polled the public.
Sybille Raphael, Head of Legal Advice at Working Families, spoke to employment lawyers about Working Families, the gender pay gap, and pressing for progress on International Women’s Day.
We have to value the work that carers do. We have to invest in care. It’s not just the right thing to do, it’s the only financially responsible thing to do. Care is a vital motor for economic growth and productivity. People who care have valuable skills: empathy, patience, creativity. And when we talk about childcare we have to understand that includes the care of children with additional needs and disabilities. It is not good enough to expect parents to struggle alone for years.
Chris Jeffery, Chairperson of Mending the Gap, highlights some of the difficult situations faced by many working Family Carers.
By Jonathan Swan, Research & Policy Officer, Working Families Employers have developed suites of policies to meet the needs of employees who need to fulfil caring responsibilities, be these fathers, mothers or carers of other adults. Often these policies fit within a wider overarching framework of flexibility, in which all employees have the opportunity to adjust the way in […]