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.


Should we rethink our working hours to boost productivity?

UK employees work on average two-and-a-half weeks longer than their EU counterparts over the course of a year, new analysis...

Better working conditions needed to improve chef retention

3 Apr 2019

Chef training and working conditions need to be reformed to help restaurants retain the estimated 10% of chefs that leave...

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How a great people culture has boosted Metro Bank’s performance

7 Mar 2019

In a round table discussion at the UNLEASH Conference & Expo in London later this month, Metro Bank’s chief people...

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Part-time parents missing out on promotion

4 Feb 2019

Parents who work part time are penalised with just a 21% chance of being promoted within three years.

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Solicitor who endured ‘dreadful’ working conditions banned for dishonesty

14 Nov 2018

A solicitor who misled a client about the progression of her case has been...

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stress in the workplace

Stress causes loss of sleep for nearly half UK workforce

7 Nov 2018

Work stress has led to nearly half of UK workers to look for a new job, according to new research...

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Annual leave: Time to put a stop to ‘rest-shaming’

30 Oct 2018

As many employers wind up their holiday allowances for the year, what message do you give out on taking leave?...

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The wellbeing benefits of ‘giving something back’

5 Oct 2018

Encouraging professional volunteering can be a great way for an organisation to demonstrate its corporate social responsibility. But it can...

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Top 10 things that people want from work

28 Sep 2018

Working hours has emerged as one of the most important factors people consider when thinking about a new job or...

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TUC: Use technology to work shorter weeks, not bully workers

10 Sep 2018

The TUC claims employees could work shorter weeks on higher rates of pay if we make the most of new...

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Commuting time should be counted as part of the working day

30 Aug 2018

Commuting time should be counted as part of the working day, according to research by the University of the West...

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Woman at home on smartphone anxious

How smartphones can land employers in the dock

13 Aug 2018

Smartphones are encouraging employees to exceed the number of hours they are contracted to work, which in some cases could...

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TfL

TfL tops league table of best organisations in UK for work-life balance

8 Jun 2018

London transport organisation TfL has a better “staff first” ethos than any other major business in the UK, according to...

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How having a dog-friendly office can help your business get ahead

9 May 2018

PROMOTED | Looking to retain and attract the best young talent? A dog could be the answer. No, really – 42% of...

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Technology to drive gig-style working for Tesco staff

8 May 2018

Tesco is implementing new technology that could see its employees working with levels of flexibility more associated with gig economy...

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