The week is an opportunity for both employers and employees to focus on well-being at work and work-life balance.
The week is run by Working Families, the UK’s work life balance charity, and sister organisation Family Friendly Working Scotland. They have been supporting family friendly workplaces for nearly 40 years.
Please click on the link below for further information on National Work Life Week.
Young Devon believes in the need for work-life balance for all of our employees and that getting this right will bring benefits to our organisation. We are proud of our Flexible Working Policy and support requests from our employees for flexible working wherever possible. This could be because an employee has caring responsibilities, is pursuing interests outside of work or progressing towards retirement.
Please click on the link below to view Young Devon’s Flexible Working policy:
We have accepted requests from our employees looking to compress hours following maternity leave or for job share opportunities. We sometimes highlight flexibility within job adverts, such as a role being available on either a full-time or part-time job share basis.
On Friday 6 October, Working Families Legal Advice Services team will be holding a special ‘Ask us anything about flexible working’ day – call 0300 012 0312 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any queries about working more flexibly.
Sarah Jackson OBE, Chief Executive of Working Families, says:
"All the evidence shows that organisations where flexibility is properly integrated into the culture out-perform their peers. Those companies that want to be the best for their people and for productivity should benchmark their progress with us to move forward on their journey.
But with 11 million working parents in the UK, flexibility has to be a mainstream way of doing business. Employers should be looking to find the flexibility that is inherent in every role, rather than reaching for the tired 9-5 model."
Here is some further information....
There are 11 million working mothers and fathers in the UK, making up more than a third of the workforce. But often the way that work is designed, organised and advertised stops people with family responsibilities from reaching their potential.
• Eight out of ten mothers and seven out of ten fathers agree they would assess their childcare needs before taking a new job or promotion, meaning that both genders now feel they might have to downgrade their careers in order to care for their families.
• Seven out of ten parents work at home in the evenings and at weekends, fuelled by burgeoning workloads, lack of time for planning, organisational culture, and manager attitudes. Half of parents say their work life balance is a source of stress and one in ten are ready to resign without another job to go to.
• Half of people in the UK want to work flexibly but currently fewer than one in ten jobs is advertised flexibly.
• Excessive working hours lead to reductions in productivity but flexibility pays dividends in terms of employee engagement, motivation and loyalty. Nearly two thirds of working parents in Scotland believe employees are more motivated, productive and likely to stay if their employer offers flexibility.
Below are some tips to achieve a better work-life balance:
Go home on time
One of the most obvious ways to enable better work-life balance is to break the vicious cycle of presenteeism. There is very strong evidence that long work hours reduce decision quality and work performance, as well as squeezing the time for a healthy lifestyle and time with family and friends. Encourage your colleagues to go home on time.
The business case for fit and healthy employees is proven: reduced absenteeism, increased emotional resilience, confidence and alertness.
What we eat impacts our energy levels and ability to concentrate. What is more, there is very clear evidence that certain foods such as saturated fats negatively impact brain function, such as the ability to recall information, facts and figures. Other foods will energise and support alertness.
Sarah Jackson OBE, Chief Executive of Working Families, said:
Congratulations to the wide range of organisations whose flexible, agile workplaces have earnt them a much-coveted place on 2017’s list of Top 30 Employers for Working Families. The annual benchmark provides a clear picture, not just of current practice, but also the evolving way in which organisations think about work life balance and flexible working.
All the evidence shows that organisations where flexibility is properly integrated into the culture out-perform their peers. Those companies that want to be the best for their people and for productivity should benchmark their progress with us to move forward on their journey.
But with 11 million working parents in the UK, flexibility has to be a mainstream way of doing business. Employers should be looking to find the flexibility that is inherent in every role, rather than reaching for the tired 9-5 model.