This is a public service announcement. I want to let you know about a new series I am about to launch on Dadbloguk looking at work life balance.
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.
Balancing work and family life can be difficult for any working mum or dad. Ensuring you can meet your obligations to your employer while being around for your children is never easy and it was this struggle that ultimately lead to me leaving paid employment. Flexible working is becoming more and more common and recent changes in the law mean employers are under a greater obligation to consider such requests.
Making a request for flexible working can be daunting. The guest post below has been written by Jude Wells, Rights Adviser at the charity Working Families. It gives you the legal background and provides a number of detailed hints and tips to hep you make a flexible working request. I hope you find it useful and good luck if you put in a request to work this way.
Several years ago, I gave up my career and left full time employment. The reasons are complex, but I found I couldn’t balance fatherhood and family life. After years of writing this blog and engaging with mums and dads, I know I’m not the only man who feels this way.
I was minding my own business early yesterday morning, my head full of ideas to entertain my kids on the first day of the half-term break from school. I then spotted a news story on the BBC website. Had I been eating cornflakes at the time I’d have spat them out over my computer monitor in surprise. The news story, you see, was about the Government going on a charm offensive to encourage more men to take shared parental leave.