The modern families index 2018

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Working Families (Organization : Great Britain)
Working Families
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19 January 2018
People management: all aspects of managing people
Business and management
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The Modern Families Index is the most comprehensive survey of how working families manage the balance between work and family life in the UK.

Key findings include:

  • Parents are working far beyond their contracted hours.
  • These long hours are causing damage - on time spent together as a family and on parental relationships and wellbeing.
  • Many families aren’t even ‘just about managing’ - with neither the time nor money they need.
  • Working parents are taking significant action including deliberately stalling their careers. This is evidence of a ‘parenthood penalty’.
  • The right to request flexible working has not gone far enough to deliver work life balance for families.

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