From flexible working and family support to attitudes to mental well being and carers in the workplace, workingmums.co.uk’s annual survey for 2019 is adopting a lifecycle approach to work.
In the past we have focused mainly on issues related to parenting, but increasingly there is an awareness among employers that they need to look at all the stages in a person’s career and how different pressures might affect them, whether that is a desire to fit working around studying or volunteering in the early years, for greater understanding about family pressures in the middle years to a need to reduce hours in the latter stages of a career.
If people are the most important element of any team, then understanding what drives them and what can help them perform better is essential at all stages.
This year’s workingmums.co.uk Top Employer Awards celebrates its 10th anniversary of promoting best practice in family support and gender diversity in the workplace by embracing a lifecycle approach to working. Our keynote speaker will be Caroline Waters, Deputy Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Vice President of Carers UK and Founder and CEO of CW Consulting Box.
The annual survey continues to ask important questions about childcare, access to flexible working, experiences of it and career progression, but there are also questions about mental well being and routes for both mothers and fathers in addition to different routes for those who are currently employed, those on parental leave and those who are looking for work. There is also a section for older workers, focusing on elder care responsibilities, difficulties getting back to work, age discrimination and other issues.
We are keen to look at the information not only in terms of generational differences, but also, for instance, in terms of regional patterns and the impact of the number and ages of children when it comes to career progression.
The data will be collated and published from September.