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

    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

    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

    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.

  • “A month after my return to work from maternity leave, my world fell apart”

    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

  • Time to create a system fit for the future

    Much of the debate around gender equality has focussed on the need to help women achieve parity with men, in terms of how they are treated and how much they are paid.

  • Three ideas to make this country a better place, for women, for men, and even for business

    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.

  • 9 ‘til 5: no longer the only way to make a living

    As part of National Work Life Week, John Handley, HR Director at Bright Horizons Family Solutions UK writes about smart flexible working. Flexible working is a phrase we are all familiar with. In 2014 the Right to Request Flexible Working was introduced, an initiative which was met with applause by many. However, there are some who are sceptical about the practicalities of making it real, particularly if they perceive that their employees must always be “on the job”.

  • Gender Pay Gap

    The government is introducing gender pay gap reporting. All employers with 250 or more employees will have to publish their gender pay gap. Individuals’ pay rates won’t be published but the average differences in hourly pay for male and female employees across the organisation will have to be to put on the organisation’s website and a designated government website.

  • Scottish Top Employers for Working Families

    Working Families has announced the winners of Scottish Top Employers for Working Families. The winning employers demonstrated some excellent practice. One of the awards was Carers Scotland’s ‘Best Employer for Carers and Eldercare’. Waving not drowning readers might want to encourage their employers to adopt some of the winners’ innovative policies.

  • Blogging Against Disablism Day – 1 May 2017

    Our Disability Adviser, Janet Mearns, explores some of the employment issues facing parents of disabled children. Sometimes it’s the little things that make a difference.