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Fathers and the fight for flexible working

17Mar 17

The challenges inherent in pursuing a career whilst caring for children seem to be overwhelmingly attributed to women; from press coverage to policy development, the focus tends to be on the mother’s struggle to find balance. It may be true that women are still taking the lion’s share of childcare responsibility, but traditional patterns of …

Fitness in your front room

08Mar 17

Trying to balance work, family, fitness, healthy eating and the many other demands on our time can feel impossible. And despite most of us being more than aware of its indisputable benefits, it seems fitness is often first in this list to be dropped. Perhaps not surprising when a trip to the gym or a class …

THE BIG SQUEEZE – PART 2

08Mar 17

Following on from Part 1 of this article (published 28th Feb), we pick up the analytical thread and explore further ways in which ‘the squeezed middle’ can be supported during a particularly precarious time for this demographic, using the specific example of elder care. The obvious benefit of most general value to anyone caring for …

THE BIG SQUEEZE – PART 1

28Feb 17

The squeezed middle, the pillars of the organisation, supporting family, funding children through uni, whilst looking after the care needs of older relatives. All of this and no favours from the economy. A long recession and a lack of pay increases that’s left them with little financial slack.  The jury’s still out as to whether …

Alcohol shouldn’t be the only social ‘glue’ that brings employees together

22Feb 17

Workplace socials and team get-togethers throughout the year are often focussed around activities that involve alcohol consumption – the dinners, the bowling contests, the pub quizzes. Any evening out is well lubricated, relying on booze as the social glue that brings people together and keeps them there. And then there are all the events and …