Work-life balance

“Work-life balance” typically means the achievement by employees of equality between time spent working and personal life.

A good work-life balance for employees can improve staff motivation, increase staff retention rates, reduce absence, attract new talent, and reduce employee stress.

The right to request flexible working is designed to encourage employees to improve their work-life balance. Employees with 26 weeks’ continuous service have the right to request from their employer a change to the number of hours they work, the times they work or the place where they work.


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Employees in London are less likely to work flexibly than staff in the rest of the UK, yet almost two-thirds...

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ON DEMAND | If having more fun at work can help boost productivity, how can HR encourage the right amount of enjoyment in the organisation while maintaining professionalism?

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More than one-fifth (22%) of the UK workforce did not use all their paid holiday entitlement in 2014, suggesting employees...

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Why are recruitment agencies being made the NHS’s scapegoat?

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After last week’s clampdown on recruitment agencies supplying the NHS with doctors and nurses, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation’s chief...

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The number of people working from home has increased to almost one in seven over the past decade, according to...

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The Children and Families Act will extend the right to request flexible working to all employees and introduce a right...

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Occupational Health magazine finds out how UKFast, an award-winning internet hosting company, benefits by helping its workers to stay healthy,...

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With more people than ever before experiencing workplace stress, psychotherapist Jamie Patterson looks at various tactics for reducing anxiety levels...

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With the school holidays now upon us, solicitor Vicky Schollar looks at how employers can help manage and support working...

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‘Employee burnout’ is common in one-third of UK companies

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Almost one-third (30%) of UK HR directors have said that “employee burnout” is common in their organisations, with excessive workloads the...

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Government Bill includes reforms to shared parental leave and flexible working system

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The Government has today published the Children and Families Bill, which includes reforms to the way in which parents can...

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2013 employment law changes: 10 things employers need to know

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Every year brings with it some important new legislation for employers to negotiate. Whether related to employment tribunals, employee-shareholder contracts,...

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