Why working from home is good for businesses

Why working from home is good for business This week is National Work Life Week.   It is the charity Working Families annual campaign designed to get employers and employees talking about what can be done to get the best work:life balance for both. This year has seen an unprecedented number of people working from home, juggling life and generally...

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Supporting your people back to the office

Supporting your people to return to the office I was surprised by the findings of a survey just published by the Manpower Services Group: workers in the UK are far more negative about returning to the office than those in other countries, like France or Germany.  What’s going on?  It seems that we are much more worried about the likelihood of a...

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Dads Homeschool

Dads homeschool Around the world during this COVID crisis, it seems that mothers are taking on more of the home-schooling burden than fathers. I heard the other day that dads typically get 3 hours of uninterrupted time for everyone hour that a mum gets, partly due to the “Muummm!” factor, where children call for their mother’s attention more than...

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Work, keep healthy & fit with kids at home

How to work and keep healthy & fit with kids at home The struggle to stay on top of what we need to get done on any normal day for a working parent is real…. And then when you throw in new full-time responsibilities like stay-at-home-parent and educator, the struggle becomes overwhelming. Like everything about this uncertain and unfamiliar...

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Remote working – the big sea change

Remote working – the big sea change I know you haven’t been living under a rock because in some way shape or form you have been affected by the corona outbreak virus. It may be something very personal to you in terms of the health of friends and family and/or suddenly having to work from home. The sudden shift from office work to full...

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Is the new normal here to stay?

Is the new normal here to stay? “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us,...

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Work Life Integration – The New Norm

Work Life Integration – The New Norm When it became apparent that Covid-19 was not just another press story, it was soon clear to many of us that lock down was inevitable. Although many organisations will have had disaster recovery plans in place, the reality of the situation is something that we are all dealing with. IT and comms systems...

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Flexible working for managers

Flex work for managers How flexible are you as a manager? Honestly?  If you work flexibly yourself, it is likely that you feel comfortable in supporting flexible working by others in your team; if you have never worked flexibly yourself, you may feel hesitant and prefer your team to continue to work as they always have done. Whatever your current...

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Survival tips for work-life balance

Survival tips for work-life balance Work-life balance is never going to be perfect! How can it be? When you bring a child into your life, something’s got to give to make room for him or her. And it doesn’t get easier as your child gets older… school hours and holidays bring additional challenges for working parents, right into the teenage years. But...

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Working dads and the new work life balance

Working Dads and the wew Work/Life Balance Bringing up children is never easy, but it’s particularly difficult if you’re a working parent. Both mothers and fathers have it tough for most of the working week. They both have a juggling act to perform. Fathers expectations are changing too. Many new dads want a different dynamic when it comes to...

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