Shared parental leave & flexi working

Shared parental leave (SPL) was introduced in the UK in 2015. I have followed the subject closely from development and its introduction to the present day. These articles are a mix of opinion and fact, such as whether you are eligible for #SPL. This category also features a variety of articles focused on flexible working.

An unlikely route to better work/ life balance: Artificial foliage

Next time you are in a hotel or restaurant and admiring the artificial foliage, keep in mind that it may have been supplied by Mark Gurtler’s company, Greenbrokers. This former management consultant remembers his father working long hours away from the family home and didn’t want this lifestyle.

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Mark Gurtler, founder of Greenbrokers, with his two daughters.

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Dads Don’t Babysit, Towards Equal parenting: A good read?

Every now and again, someone produces a book about fatherhood and parenting that genuinely gets me excited. Dads Don’t Babysit Towards Equal parenting, the work of writing duo and fathers David Freed and James Millar is one such title.

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Dads Don’t Babysit Towards Equal Parenting. Was I right to feel excited about this title?

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Shared Parental Leave: How mum can benefit

Shared Parental leave (SPL) is a subject very close to my heart. I have written about it many a time and being a dad blogger, I have generally focused on the benefits to fathers of taking an extended period of leave from the workplace when a newborn child arrives on the scene. This only tells part of the story. I was curious to find out what benefits a mum might experience when dad takes several months SPL.

I am, therefore, delighted to present a first person account from mum of two Nicola Gilroy. Nicola’s husband Ben took a total of eight months SPL after the arrival of their second child, Jasmin. This allowed Nicola to return to work after a month and while she admits it ‘wasn’t a breeze’, working as a team had all sorts of unforeseen benefits. I think it makes for a very uplifting story and shows SPL, a policy that often comes in for criticism, can work well (and if you like this article, please have a read of this one where dad Hamish Read talks about his experiences of taking SPL)

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Nicola Gilroy and husband Ben with their children Jasmin (left) and Frankie (right). Nicola was able to return to work when Ben took eight months shared parental leave.

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Can a daddy blog support a family of five?

Over the the past couple of months I have been publishing interviews with fathers who have achieved better work / life balance by starting their own businesses. I purposefully decided not to feature individuals from the blogging world (a bit too close to home) but today I am breaking my own rule. I’m delighted to be speaking with Tom Briggs who writes the Diaryofthedad blog.

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Tom Briggs takes a break from writing his multi-award winning blog to take a stroll along the beach with his offspring.

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PR: A good choice for a working dad?

May I introduce you to Martin Williams, working dad and founder of Radar PR? Martin is the fourth individual brave enough to feature in my series about men who set up their own companies to achieve better work / life balance. 

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Martin Williams of radar PR talks about life as a working dad and balancing work and family.

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