4 tips for applying for flexible working

Flexible working can include a range of options to enable you to better manage your commitments while completing the duties of your job. It can include: • Working an agreed number of hours per day but with flexible start and finish times • Working at multiple locations or home working • Compressing your hours, so you can work your contracted hours over fewer days, or vary the number you work each day. • Varying the weekly hours you week, so some weeks you work more than others. • There’s also term time only working, career breaks and more. All workers in the UK have the right to apply for flexible working and do not have to be carers or parents.…

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A working mum’s struggle to find a flexible working pattern that fits.

  If this is the first post you’ve read of mine, let me introduce myself. I’m Helen and I’m a working mum and a parenting, food and lifestyle blogger. My son is two. I returned from maternity on a temporary promotion  in July 2017. As the end of the temporary promotion loomed, I knew that we couldn’t afford childcare and a large drop in pay. What followed after several spreadsheets and negotiations with my line management at that time, was a return to full time hours, but on a flexible basis to accommodate childcare.  Little did I know that I’d end up having my promotion extended, and another promotion after that meaning I didn’t have to return full time at…

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Flexible working – thoughts from a working mum

It’s 5am and I’m awake. I’m almost always awake then. Small Boy is an early riser. I’ve been up at 5am for two years straight now. It’s now the norm. It works in my day jobs’ favour… sort of. I work full time hours for a large organisation but I compress the bulk of them across three days. Those are the days I go into the office and Small Boy goes to nursery. In some respects, being up at 5am means I can open up my laptop at home and get through my emails, or go into the office early. That’s a good thing, right? I can crack on with some tasks in my PJs before I shower and head on…

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A day in the life of a working mum – the working from home day

Today is a home working day. It’s all a bit manic, and the flexibility feels pressuring rather than empowering. Home working days are a juggle. I work around Small Boy and his naps. If I’m lucky my mother might come around for an hour in the afternoon after she’s finished work. On one of the days, Small Boy’s dad is home late morning as he compresses his hours so that helps. But it’s still a juggling act. A traffic jam can and a delayed arrival can throw my whole schedule out of whack. I’m up at 5am again. I’m sat at the dining table, logged into my work laptop and going through my emails. I used to have a home…

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