Parents need flexible working to support wellbeing

A new survey for National Work Life Week shows how much parents rate wellbeing support as well as flexible working.

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Two in five (39%) working parents of children under 18 say they’d like mental health support in the workplace, according to a new poll.

The YouGov poll commissioned by Working Families and Bright Horizons for National Work Life Week found a new post-Covid workforce who place wellbeing as their biggest concern, with 89% of working parents stating access to flexible working arrangements has or would have a positive effect on their wellbeing.

The findings on mental health are backed up by workingmums.co.uk’s recent annual survey which found 67% of parents said that providing support for their mental health would make it more likely they would stay with their current employer.

The YouGov poll found seven in 10 parents agreed a culture that encourages work/life balance was of major importance – with higher pay (65%), managers with the skills and knowledge to support them (58%) and access to their preferred flexible working pattern (57%) also highlighted as the most important workplace benefits parents wanted.

There was also an interest in flexible working practices beyond working hours and location, tailored to parents’ individual needs. Flexi hours came ahead of hybrid and remote working in the top three forms of flexible working favoured by parents.

Nine in 10 parents said that they would feel more loyal to an employer who offered them flexible working opportunities and 86% said that having access to their preferred flexible working pattern makes them, or would make them, more productive at their job.  30% of working parents said they had thought about quitting their job because it isn’t sufficiently family-friendly or flexible.



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