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A week to raise awareness of the importance of work/life balance.
This week is National #WorkLifeWeek, as a new poll from Working Families demonstrates how parents are finding it balancing their home and work lives almost two years into the pandemic.
And while there is good news – the survey revealed 67% of respondents (parents with children 18 or under) were happy with their work life balance in their current role – National #WorkLifeWeek is there to ensure all the hard work doesn’t go to waste.
Working Families will be hosting various webinars on the subject and employers can download their latest toolkit, while various companies are actively participating.
“I personally took part in the initiative as I am Chair of our Flexible Working Champions Network and felt it was important that I was seen to be promoting this fantastic initiative and was being open and honest about the challenges that being a full-time working mum brings,” said Camilla Bellamy, Deputy Director of HR, National directorates and Centres/Region at Public Health England.
“Since August 2012, when I returned to work having had my son Charlie, I have been working flexibly, initially with a compressed week over 4 days,” she continued. “I consider myself very fortunate to work for an organisation where the benefits of flexible working are recognised and as a result I remain committed to PHE and regularly work over my contracted hours.”
“National Work Life week had a positive impact on life here,” said Katrina Watson, Inclusion Consultant at Sky. “It raised awareness of our commitment to embedding a flexible working culture for all our people and the benefits they could utilise to make their work life easier.”
Events taking place this week include a webinar on best practice in recruitment, which will explore hybrid working and building a more diverse talent pool.