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New survey seeks to understand how bosses accommodate working dads
Flexible working, career breaks, a growing freelance sector – these are all issues for employers as well as employees.
Which is why workingdads.co.uk has launched an employer survey to find out what are the challenges facing firms and to spread best practice.
The 2019 employer survey is open for business now.
Workingdads.co.uk was launched this year in response to a growing demand from men to work differently. That may mean part-time or flexible jobs or information on setting up as a freelance. But the common denominator is a desire to spend more time with family.
The best companies recognise and are already accommodating new ways of working. We want to hear what’s working and what you’re hearing from your employees in terms of what they want.
That’s also the motivation behind the workingmums.co.uk Top Employer Awards celebrating their 10th anniversary in November. The keynote speaker will be Caroline Waters, Deputy Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Vice President of Carers UK and Founder and CEO of CW Consulting Box.
The employer survey runs alongside our a survey of working parents. Workingmums.co.uk was originally set up in 2006 to provide a bridge between parents looking for flexible working and employers looking for experienced employees. That mission has only expanded in the intervening years as the organisation has shown the links between the widening skills gap in many sectors and the huge talent pool represented by working parents. Resulting in workingdads.co.uk setting up as a separate site this year.
The employer survey seeks to track changing trends with regard to flexible working. For instance, it asks whether employers have seen or anticipate an increase in demand for flexible working from employees who are not parents or carers, such as younger workers or those approaching retirement.
Employers are also asked if they need more support to respond to the more widespread demand for flexibility.
Other questions ask what the most popular form of flexible working is and whether employers envisage this changing, what they think the biggest challenge is with regard to flexible working and whether they actively promote it and see it is as a good way to attract staff.
They are also asked if they have a carers policy, whether they enhance paternity leave, promote Shared Parental Leave and have returner initiatives.
The survey only takes a few minutes to complete and all responses remain anonymous.
Those who complete the survey can choose to enter into a free prize draw, where we have 5 Amazon Echo Dots* to give away. Take part below, or if you are on a mobile device you may prefer to click here.
To enter the workingdads.co.uk Top Employer Awards, click here.