A Parent's View:-

As I sit here with my laptop on one knee and a poorly toddler asleep on the other, it brings me to reflect on how fortunate I am in my role and with my company to be so understanding and appreciate flexible working within the workplace.

Many parents 'struggle with the juggle' of work and childcare, especially in times of sickness and holidays. There is huge pressure on parents to find alternative childcare arrangements when their child isn’t well enough to attend their usual nursery or childminder setting. But also, when your child is unwell, they want to be comforted by you, which often results in being unable to go into work.



Some companies make life difficult for these parents, adding pressure and further stress when these uncontrollable situations occur. Throughout the last 12 months or so I’ve seen many articles on ‘Flexible working’ and ‘Work/Life Balance’ purposely aimed to support parents, it’s been a popular topic. Today I scrolled through comments on LinkedIn sparking a debate on this subject which stemmed from a working mum having to leave her position due to lack of support and flexibility from her company.

In a survey carried out by Lucy Walker Recruitment in 2017, reports showed only 46% of employers within the Leeds and Manchester area offered some form of flexible working. This means that over 50% of companies do not accommodate for their employee’s needs. {If you want to take part in our 2018 survey simply click here.}

According to the ACAS Flexible Working and Work Life Balance Survey ‘a poor balance between employee work commitments and their other responsibilities can lead to stress, high absence and low productivity’.

To ensure employers get optimum work output from their employees, to keep them engaged and loyal to the company, it is worth investing time into Flexible Working and Work/Life Balance schemes. Of course, these schemes not only apply to working parents but to the wider workforce who also have commitments and individual needs.

Thankfully for me, and other working parents at Lucy Walker Recruitment, we have flexible working initiatives in place, an excellent work/life balance and a Management Team who fully support their staff!

Christina Shiels

Christina Shiels


Christina is a Marketeer at Lucy Walker Recruitment , combining her proven recruitment skills  with her established Marketing and systems skill set to attract and inform both existing and potential Candidates, Clients and Supporters of the Lucy Walker Recruitment brand.




Our next Workplace Survey Report will be distributed around March 2018 which will touch on flexible working and the importance of work/life balance. For more information on this, please get in touch with our marketing department: marketing@lucywalkerrecruitment.com.


About the Author: Mark Woffenden

Mark Woffenden is a Director at Lucy Walker Recruitment and has an extensive knowledge of the issues and workings of the West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester Commercial markets developed over the last 20 years in the Industry