To Julian, “A successful and rewarding community, means working together to make things better for everyone.” Flexible working has empowered him to combine his passion for upliftment with his love of the water, and to make a difference to people around him.
Early last month, we were narrowly pipped to the post for the Workingmums.co.uk 9th annual Top Employer Awards for the category Innovation in Flexible Working by the Civil Service, HR team (part of the Cabinet Office).
We agree with Sam. Work can be fulfilling, but not the ‘be all and end all’ — her passion lies in making a difference to other people’s lives. Read how flexible working at Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin group, makes it possible for Sam to #giveback and follow her dreams.
Margaret works at Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin group, in Savannah, Georgia. This is her story about how the business has flexed with her & her husband’s changing lifestyle, her progression into motherhood, and been supportive of her other professional interests. Although a ‘flexible yet crazy schedule’, it works for her and she hopes it might help others figure out their balance.
Alex Morley, dad to two under-sixes, and Chartered Ergonomist and Human Factors Specialist, shares his experience of flexible working. Describing himself as “probably one of the strongest advocates for it that you’ll ever meet,” he describes how flexible working has been absolutely essential to maintaining a happy family and healthy work-life balance.
Structural Engineer Anna Zhang works five days a week, but at reduced hours. She shows us how flexible working has made it possible to pursue her two loves: Enjoying her two young children as they grow up, and the career that she’s passionate about.
Finding the ideal work / life balance is everyone’s dream. It could mean earlier start and finish times, working from home a few days a week or even having the option to work part time or splitting shifts. It’s an interesting issue that affects not just mothers or those caring for elderly relatives. These days, both men and women are asking for flexible working hours to spend more time with children, to concentrate on hobbies, or simply to manage their time better. The stigma attached to the iss
Being a parent brings so many challenges, but I can’t thank my management team or Atkins enough for the support they’ve given me whilst trying to juggle being a working mum. I know I’m very fortunate to have an employer who really takes care of working parents. They’ve made it possible for me to be there for my little family, AND to carry on being valued at work. It’s true, with part time work comes a part time salary, but being able to be a present mum to my daughter, means everything to me!
When recently announcing her pregnancy, New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern referred to the Igbo saying, ‘it takes a village to raise a child’, and I can relate! Delegating wasn’t always a natural strength of mine. But if you’re not going to be around your most precious little people all day, you have to totally trust others to do a great job. And I do. Here are the most important members of my village:
home working to agile working and non-core hours. Explore our employee stories to understand how they work flexibly, and most importantly of all – why they work flexibly. Listen here to Rachel Cook, practice director within our transportation division.