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How flexible working can help our ageing workforce

According to a new study by job site RestLess, record numbers of people over the age of 70 are deciding against retirement and continue to work.

The study is backed by the Office of National Statistics, according to which almost half a million over 70 are currently in full-time or part-time employment- this is an increase of 135% since 2009.

My maternity leave adventures: sharing the care

David and I met on a business course in Boston in 2013. Meeting him has changed my life, and hands down he’s the best thing that’s every happened to me.

But don’t get me wrong, at times during this whole period of maternity/ Shared Parental Leave (SPL), I’ve wanted to beat him over the head with a stick. Hard. Maybe even wring his neck. It’s been stressful at times- but man do I love the guy.

Now the babies are almost one, I felt it was about time to dedicate one of my blogs to the person who is 50% responsible for this toddler/twin life and talk a little bit about our experience of SPL.

Scotland’s most flexible employers announced

Scotland’s best employers for flexible working have been announced by leading work life balance charity, Family Friendly Working Scotland.

Now in its fifth year, the Top Employers Awards celebrate forward-thinking employers who understand how flexibility is good for people - helping them successfully balance work and home life - as well as for business growth.

Figures from Family Friendly Working Scotland show Scots are almost unanimous (95%) in their belief that work life balance is at least as important as salary. This includes nearly a third (32%) of the population who feel it is more important. More than half (55%) of Scottish workers say they already work flexibly (1).

Trustees Required

Working Families is seeking qualified candidates to join the Board of Trustees to help working parents and carers – and their employers – find a better balance between responsibilities at home and work. The Charity has recently undergone a period of significant change and this is an exciting time to join Working Families and contribute to its future.

What will you be doing?

  • Providing expert advice, challenge and support to the Senior Management Team
  • Expected to attend 6 Board Meetings a year and regular meetings of the sub-committee to which you are assigned plus one strategy away day each year
  • Supporting Working Families’ events throughout the year
  • Directing the overall management of the Charity and providing strategic guidance and governance

Find further information here

My maternity leave adventures: Our real life

I started writing this blog post in October. Then I got distracted. That pretty much sums up my life right now. I have become a mothering cliché.

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