National Work Life Week: 7-11 October 2019

National Work Life Week is an annual campaign to get both employers and employees talking about wellbeing at work and work life fit.


It’s an opportunity for employers to show their employees, and potential candidates, how their organisation is striving for a family friendly and flexible working culture. The week is run by Working Families, the UK’s work life balance charity, and the charity’s Scottish arm, Family Friendly Working Scotland.


It’s a great opportunity for you to showcase how you support your employees’ work life balance and encourage healthy and sustainable ways of working.


Why get involved?


• More than one in ten parents have refused a new job and one in ten have said no to a promotion because of a lack of good work life balance opportunities. This is evidence of a ‘parenthood penalty’ —with parents unable to fulfil their economic potential and move agilely in the labour market, simply because they have become parents.

• Parents are working far beyond their contracted hours, fuelled by burgeoning workloads and an unsupportive organisational culture.

• For half of parents and carers, work affects their ability to spend time together as a family often or all the time; and more than a quarter of parents (29%) feel their wellbeing is poor most or all of the time.

• 86% of parents in the UK want to work flexibly – but currently under one in five jobs is advertised flexibly.

• Excessive working hours leads 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. The week is an opportunity to show how you are doing things differently, helping to create work that works for families, people and the economy.


How can you take part in the week?


• Highlight some great examples of people working flexibly in your workforce, whether it’s because they have caring responsibilities, are pursuing interests outside of work or progressing towards retirement.

• Put on a special event for staff like a lunchtime discussion, workshop or webinar on topics around work life balance; or run training, for example for line managers on how to manage flexible staff. Ask a senior manager to share their insights on how they balance their time.

• Offer some guidance to your employees about how to use digital devices to support flexibility over when and where they work, rather than as a way to work ‘around the clock’.

• Showcase your family friendly working policies and practices in staff newsletters and on your intranet.

• Start using the Happy to Talk Flexible Working logo and strapline on the job vacancies you advertise, to open up the application process to more people with the skills and talents you’re looking for and encourage managers to think through the best way to get the job done.



Here are some practical ideas to make your own!



Blogs/vlogs/tweets from staff on how they work flexibly to balance work and home life

Blogs/vlogs/tweets from parents on shared parental leave

Clinics on flexible working with senior executives on talking about how they’ve progressed their careers

Re-launch of parent and carer policies

Family/Parent/Carer Networks have run events and webinars

Run a showcase on job sharing

Onsite health checks and healthy eating talks

Lunch time walks or exercise/relaxation/meditation classes

Participation in workplace orchestras and choirs

Drop-in sessions on, for example, financial wellbeing/ employee benefits

Sessions on physical and mental wellbeing


Tag @workingfamUK on Twitter and use the hashtag #worklifeweek to showcase what you are doing.

(Information taken from National Work Life Week)



One in four people in the UK will suffer from a mental health issue each year and yet two-thirds have no one to speak to about their mental health, according to a poll for Time To Talk Day 2019 by Time To Change.

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