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.


Reports and resources:

2012, REC Flexible Work Commission Report, Recruitment & Employment Confederation

Pettorelli, N, Else, L, Sumner, S, 2012, Perspective: Embrace Flexible Work Arrangements [accessed 09/06/2016]

2013, Flexible Working: working for families, working for business, Family Friendly Working Hours Taskforce

2015, Flexible working and work-life balance, ACAS


Case studies:

Barbara Lange, 2014, Balancing a Career and Family Life as a Female Engineer accessed 09/06/2016]

Sarah Kovaleski, 2014, Life as a wife, mother, and nuclear engineer [accessed 09/06/2016]

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