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FlexibleWorkFest 2020: What a day!

Last week we brought together around 120 business leaders across the country who are working and thinking flexibly. Like all FFWS events, we like to switch things up and provide an atmosphere where fun happens, connections are made and innovation can flourish. FlexibleWorkFest was no different and the super-cool Whitespace in Edinburgh was given the Family Friendly Working Scotland treatment to bring our vision to life!

This was the inaugural FlexibleWorkFest and safe to say – it was a fantastic day of insight. We were led by the fabulous Abeer Macintyre (Bruce Tait Associates) and treated to a Key Note speech from Magnus Llewellin, editor of The Times Scotland who gave us the headlines in flexible working within the everchanging media landscape. Jamie Hepburn MSP officially opened the event, outlining the importance Scottish Government place on creating an inclusive economy. Our expert contributors throughout the day ranged from large corporations like Deloitte, SSE and AVIVA to small employers such as Desana to really drive home the message that flexibility can work for every business and everyone.

With such an inclusive-cross section of employers and employees from across Scotland’s workforce, some key areas rang through on the day:

Demand for flexible working is huge and wide ranging in our society right now

Employers that don’t offer flexible working are being ‘left behind’ - missing out on attracting the best talent and retaining engaged workforce

Flexible working for men is critical to addressing gender imbalance

To get flexible working right organisations need to invest in line manger support

The energy omitting from our contributors and attendees alike served to remind that this is a pivotal, exciting time for the country’s economy.

We’d like to say a huge thank you again to our sponsors CIPD, ILF Scotland, Back in Business, Arnold Clark, City Building, SSE and lastly our gratitude to event media partner The Times Scotland. All organisations who are proud to be progressive champions of this movement.

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