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.

A classic way to balance work and family life

In my latest article highlighting dads seeking to improve work / life balance, I speak to Claus Stig Christensen who runs classic car rental company BookAClassic.

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Claus Stig Christensen, founder of BookAClassic and his daughter Filippa in their ‘Old Lady’ Jaguar.

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From 9-5 burn out to freelance work. Speaking to Alex Hirst of Hoxby Collective

Since I established this blog, I’ve written a lot about how parents are attempting to balance work and family life.

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Alex Hirst, co-founder of the Hoxby Collective of freelancers. Burn-out working 9-5 led Alex to create a more flexible way of making a living by promoting freelance work.

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Improved paternity pay and other workplace changes. An opportunity missed.

Just a few short months ago, it all looked so promising. In a very high-profile move, a powerful group of MPs had called for radical workplace reform following a review of working practices and how they impact on fathers.

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It would be nice to see more of this. Alas, it won’t be happening in the near future.

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Shared parental leave: One dad shares his experience

I’ve written a huge amount about shared parental leave over the years. I had long planned to ask someone to write something for me about their experience of taking the leave. As luck would have it, I was contacted out of the blue by Hamish Reid who works for Accenture.

Hamish is about to go on shared parental leave for the second time. He wrote the article below in which he admits he had concerns about the impact on his career, goes on to say that being a stay at home dad for five months was very demanding but says attitudes to SPL are changing for the better. Here’s what he had to say. 

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Hamish Reid, who is shortly to take shared parental leave for a second time, talks about his experiences of taking time out of the workplace and hopes for baby No3.

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Raver Tots: One dad’s way to balance work and family life

What does a father do when he can’t balance work and family life? As gender roles have become more fluid and men become more active on the domestic front, this has become an issue that increasing numbers of families face.

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Mike Pickets, founder of Raver Tots takes a calming walk through the woods with his two boys. This is a bit quieter than the environment Mike usually works in.

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