British Association for Women in Policing 

Work/Life Balance


Updated guidance on flexible working in the police service has been published by the College of Policing.

BAWP supports the revised guidance, working in a service that is 24/7 achieving work/life balance is key to helping to retain a skilled, healthy and diverse workforce. With the number of changes occurring within the police service it is paramount that we work smarter and flexible working is the crucial to achieving that goal. Flexible working when managed correctly is not only beneficial to the individual but enables the organisation to provide an effective service.

Flexible Working guidance 

Flexible fathers

Research conducted by Lancaster University Management School into the family and working lives of fathers who work flexibly, on behalf of 'Working Families' has shed some interesting light on the issue. The main findinge are :

  • Fathers working flexibly in the private sector have better physical and psychological health, are less stressed and more committed to their employer
  • Fathers working flexibly in the public sector are less troubled by their work-life balance and sense of overload but – probably due to current stresses and job insecurity in the sector – are less likely to report higher levels of wellbeing and commitment
  • Fathers whose partners work full-time report significantly higher levels of wellbeing and sense of purpose
  • Fathers who claim to do most of the housework are happier with their work-life balance
  • Fathers on a low income feel less stressed if they are able to work flexibly

For more information visit their website, www.workingfamilies.org.uk .

 

 

Losing your flexible working?

According to some recent press reports, it is time to stop harping on about gender equality: the sex wars have ended. But in the current economic climate, it appears that pregnant women and new mothers still face discriminating employment practices. Others find that their hard won flexible working hours are withdrawn under the cover of “reorganisation”.

Working Families Chief Executive, Sarah Jackson, said:

“Our helpline team hears daily reports from pregnant women and women on maternity leave who have suffered poor treatment at work. Discrimination against women is common.

“Sadly, too many employers are using the recession as a cover for reneging on their family friendly policies and equality duties. As well as being short sighted, discrimination is illegal. Any woman who thinks they have been badly treated because they are pregnant or on maternity leave should call our free helpline on 0800 013 0313 for expert legal advice. Our legal advisers don’t just let women know their rights at work, but can help them fight discrimination when it occurs”

 

Work-life Balance book.

Lynne Copp, an independent consultant who has spoken at one of our PDDs, has published a book entitled, rather strangely, "I'm Glad I Spent More Time at Work!" It is the first in a series of three, and more information is available on this link. It may also be available through Lynne's own website, www.theworklifecompany.com

 

'Working Families' book for fathers.

Working Families has republished its best-selling "Daddy's Home" booklet.The guide focuses on how fathers can get a real balance between work and family life throughout their careers. Drawing on interviews with fathers from a wide variety of occupations, and including a unique life planner, "Daddy’s Home" provides an inspiring and practical guide for men who want to change their work and home balance. For more information please visit their web page.

'Working Families' report.

'Working Families' has recently released its latest publication 'Hours to Suit Part II' which contains 19 detailed case studies on senior public and voluntary managers who work reduced hours or flexibly. For more information, including how to order a copy, click here.

 

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