Employers should do more to control parents’ workloads

Employers
must do more to help reduce the stress levels of working mothers, a report
suggests.

Research
for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation indicates that family-friendly employment
policies are often of limited help if working mothers feel overloaded and under
stress while at work.

The
report finds that most employers’ flexible working policies focus on the hours
parents spend at work, rather than the quality of that time.

It
recommends that more attention should be paid to controlling workloads, managing
the intensity of work, and ensuring goals and targets were achievable in the
time available to employees.

By
Ben Willmott

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