Family and relationships

A diverse and inclusive workplace is one that supports and embraces a positive work-life balance. Often a key factor in this is supporting an employees rights to a family life. There are many countries with legislation to prevent discrimination against women who are pregnant or on maternity leave.

Increasingly there is awareness and support for employees that look for a flexible work environment to accommodate family life. This can include caring for children, elderly or sick relatives. Increasingly there are examples of initiatives also exist to support people returning to work after a career break.

In the UK, flexible working is defined as “a way of working that suits an employee’s needs, eg having flexible start and finish times, or working from home”.

There are examples of good practice and areas for improvement. If you have any experiences and resources you would like to share, please contact us.

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