National work week, wc 1st October, #worklifeweek is an opportunity to focus on well-being at work and work-life balance.
UEL received an institutional Athena SWAN bronze award in 2017. This was following an in-depth assessment of gender equality issues at UEL and development of an action plan to address these. Our submission action plan includes a priority to:
“Develop a more inclusive flexible working environment for all support and academic staff through facilitating culture change and providing more supportive processes and networks for parents and carers”
We have already become members of the Working Families charity and plan to utilise their expertise in developing our resources and facilitating longer term cultural change. Last academic year we held two workshops, for the College of Applied Health and Communities and for Student and Academic Services, facilitated by Jessica Chivers of the Talent Keepers. Suggestions made through these workshops are being followed up through their respective local Athena SWAN and working environment teams. We plan to faciliate further workshops during 2018/19.
We have also pulled together a number of case studies of colleagues reflecting on flexible working and use of family friendly policies. Check out our new Flexible Working / Family Friendly guidance and resources intranet page.
UEL’s Health and Safety team have also recently written some guidance: ‘Do you have good worklife balance?‘
This MyFamilyCare free webinar on ‘Managing Work & Family in Complex, Changing Times‘ may be of interest.
Scheduled to take place on Thursday 4th October 2018 at 12.30pm
If you have any feedback or want to get involved, please get in touch!! (firstname.lastname@example.org)