Flexible working

How employers can help working parents beyond flexible working

by ParentalChoice
in Working Mum, Working Dad, Work life balance, Flexible working, Family Friendly Companies, Employee Benefits
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Real Business magazine has published an article which tackles the issue of flexible working for parents.  It addresses the three main issues faced by working parents:  the cost of childcare, flexible working and impostor syndrome.  It’s a very interesting read and has challenged businesses to demonstrate how they support wo...

Modern Families Index 2019 – messages to business leaders

by ParentalChoice
in Working Mum, Working Dad, Work life balance, Flexible working, Family Friendly Companies, Career
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Our friends over at Parent and Professional (P&P), have taken a good look at the Modern Families Index 2019 which was recently published by Working Families and Bright Horizons. The index raised many issues faced by working parents, but the conclusion drawn by P&P is that until business leaders and decision-makers really tak...

Childcare and Flexible Working

by ParentalChoice
in Working Mum, Working Dad, Flexible working, Childcare, Career
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Finding the right childcare when working full time or flexibly can be like finding a needle in a haystack and if you do find that needle it is often diamond and gold-plated! Parents spend up to 45% of their disposable income on childcare and when it comes to a return to work, families (and in ...

Office Organisation Ideas for Busy Parents

by ParentalChoice
in Working Mum, Working Dad, Flexible working
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Being a parent can be pretty stressful, but there’s one thing that shouldn’t be – your work environment. In order to be as productive as you can – be that at home, on-the-go, or at the office – it’s important to keep your workspace organised and clutter-free. Steph from Expert Home Tips is here to ...

Survival Tips for Work-Life Balance

by ParentalChoice
in Work life balance, Flexible working, Children, Childcare, Career
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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 ...

Why is the take up of shared parental leave so low?

by ParentalChoice
in Working Mum, Working Dad, Flexible working, Family Friendly Companies, Career
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Shared Parental Leave (or SPL) was introduced by the UK government in April 2015 and was set to dramatically change the legal landscape so that caring for children became a joint responsibility rather than one exclusively assigned to mothers. A framework that allowed women to return to the workplace more quickly, without compromisin...