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Kirsty Blackman, MP for Aberdeen North, made the headlines earlier this year when she was cautioned for taking her two young children to a Westminster committee meeting because she couldn’t find childcare. Here she blogs in support of National Work Life Week and the need for greater flexible working options for everyone.

 

By Nick Cohen, bizanywhere

A study by the Centre for Economics and Business Research revealed that a work from anywhere culture could add an extra £11.5bn per year to the UK. 14.1 million British workers want to work flexibly. Office culture is moving towards productivity, not just being chained to a desk appearing that you’re working. Most organisations (particularly SMBs) need their workforce available outside of traditional office hours. It’s also even easier to work internationally so being flexible in your working arrangements is key to being available to do business.

 

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Need to boost workplace flexibility for the lower paid

A report by Family Friendly Working Scotland (FFWS) suggests parents with low earnings are more likely to be in jobs which deny flexible working options.

Research found adults in the most affluent income bracket are 23 per cent more likely to have access to flexible hours than those in the worst-off 20 per cent.

Parents on higher incomes are also more than twice as likely to have access to paid time off when a child is ill than those on the lowest incomes, while those at the other end of the pay scale are more likely to call in sick themselves rather than say their child is ill.

 

 

New group to improve approach to pregnancy and maternity in the workplace.

A new working group will meet in Glasgow for the first time this week to create guidelines for tackling pregnancy and maternity discrimination in the workplace and encouraging best practice

The group, which will meet on Tuesday and is chaired by Minister for Employability and Training Jamie Hepburn, will look to improve the recruitment, retention and development of pregnant workers, as well as increase access to flexible working when women return from maternity leave.

The Modern Families Index, kindly sponsored by Bright Horizons, is in its fourth year and this year, more than ever, I feel positive that some things are changing for the better.  Younger parents are more likely to share care than the generations before them and it is clear, for example, that more care is being shared.