Programme Director (Job Share)
- Mum to three boys
- Communication and campaigns expert
- Creative innovator
“I think the conversation is moving on – it is not so much work and life anymore but simply life. And work is part of it.
“A thriving economy and strong business resilience requires people who are adequately skilled, motivated and engaged. This can only be achieved when business embraces the multifaceted and interwoven aspects of people’s lives – our families, passions and interests.
“I would like to see a complete shake up the old-fashioned 9-5. I am all for innovation in how work is designed.”
Programme Director (Job Share)
- Driven by social justice issues
- Motivated by entrepreneurial thought & action
- Love my wonderful family & friends
“More and more, I hear friends and family talking about how they balance their job with family responsibilities. What I would like to see is for everyone to be able to fulfil their potential and to be in a position to choose both a career and family life (whatever that looks like) that works for them and also for business.
“We need to start challenging the old-fashioned infrastructure to accommodate ‘modern’ families; families where both men and women are working, and where women achieve and retain senior career positions while raising a family.
“This is in my view, is the best way to offer families and society in Scotland a productive, ambitious workforce, and happy, more contented children and families.
“I am so excited about what I call this ‘transitional generation’ and to help support a working culture change in Scotland which offers up creative solutions for people and business making it a win-win for both.”
Marketing and Communications Officer
- English and Philosophy graduate
- Passionate about art, communications and social issues
- Certified bookworm
“I’m excited to be at the forefront of a huge change in working culture, and in the way we approach career choices.
“I think flexible working gives people freedom to be more than their job, and allows them to keep space in their lives for people they love. Put simply, it gives more people a chance: a chance for working parents to balance their family life, a chance for carers to be with their loved ones; a chance for young people to explore their passions without sacrificing stability.
“The shift from traditional 9-5 schedules is already happening, and it’s great being part of this movement.”
- Equality and diversity campaigner
- SMART working fanatic
- Busy mum
“The work life balance issue is not new, but the approach we are seeing many employers take these days is definitely more innovative and creative. We hear employers talk about that ‘light bulb moment’ when they realise that permitting their people to work flexibly actually means they get more out of them.”
“A more progressive, flexible and family friendly working culture is better for everyone. Its better for business, better for children and families and better for our economy. Talk about a no-brainer?”
- Creative coach and facilitator
- Passionate about holistic wellbeing and self development
- Driven by making a difference
“Sometimes it’s just about seeing things differently. Don’t have kids but want time out for you? Flexible working can give you time to pursue other interests. Worried about caring for aging parents? You probably need some flexibility in your role.
One of the best feelings is seeing people realize they have the power to make a difference; to their teams, to their business and for themselves. Helping organisations to build a supportive culture to start conversations about flexible working is the first piece of the jigsaw.
With the right support, great conversations can happen and before you know it, decisions that enhance team working, productivity and engagement become the norm, whatever age and stage you’re at. I am inspired by individuals who challenge the status quo and inspire others to do the same. Are you ready for the change?
Soo Jung Kim
Research and Organisational Support Intern
- Focused, diligent
- Pursue efficiency and productivity
- Love travelling and adventure
“I think flexible working is not only about meeting individuals needs but also achieving more benefits for organisations – better productivity, a more motivated workforce, better retention of valuable employees.
“Once employers implement flexible working, it can change working culture and make people’s lives better.”
Digital Marketing Partner
Since 2016, Family Friendly Working Scotland also collaborates with digital partner Pursuit Marketing. Pursuit have been on the front line of flexible and family friendly working, and currently offer all employees a four-day working week. They were SME winner of our 2017 Awards. You can see their story in our case study. Lorraine Gray, Pursuit's director, is also one of our Champions.