Managing Employees Throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic: Flexible working and the future of work
During the COVID-19 UK lockdown, many organisations have been forced to move the majority of their workforce to remote working, often at very short notice. In many cases these businesses had previously discouraged flexible working and had very little infrastructure in place to support these new ways of working.
This webpage presents new research part-funded by the Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business and undertaken jointly by the Equal Parenting Project at the University of Birmingham and the Work Autonomy, Flexibility and Work-Life Balance team at the University of Kent, since lockdown. The research explores how line managers have been coping during the COVID-19 pandemic, how they and their organisations have supported employees during this time, and how these experiences impact their attitudes towards flexible working and working from home in the future.
We also present the latest breaking news from our associates in the Equal Parenting Project team, and will update the page with videos, news and events to keep you fully up to date with all the latest from this important research.
Drs Sarah Forbes and Holly Birkett are associates of the Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business - read more about our research here.
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Managing employees during the COVID-19 pandemic research report and latest news
Dr. Holly Birkett and Dr. Sarah Forbes are leading the Equal Parenting project with the aim of improving the use of family friendly policies in the UK and encouraging equality in the workplace.
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Appearing in Dad Blog UK.
For the past year, many men have spent more time with their children than ever before. Could it force a permanent change?by Tom Lamont in The Guardian.
Holly Birkett and Sarah Forbes in the New Statesman: How Covid-19 is breaking down barriers to flexible working.
Managers are much more positive about their staff working from home and working flexibly since lockdown says a new study
In the CBI blog, Dr Holly Birkett and Dr Sarah Forbes write on how employers can take steps to encourage men to take on more caring responsibilities.
The University of Kent and the University of Birmingham have undertaken research to understand how employees working from home have coped during the COVID-19 lockdown.
The future of work is flexible – a new academic study on home working during lockdown highlights employees' desire for more flexibility and the struggles faced by parents during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Researchers from the University of Birmingham have launched a "Fathers in the Workplace Toolkit", to help organisations be more inclusive of fathers and support them to balance their work and parenting roles.
By Dr Sarah Forbes and Dr Holly Birkett, co-directors of the Equal Parenting Project.
Researchers at the University of Birmingham have found out individuals claimants for Shared Parental Pay (ShPP) the statutory paid part of Shared Parental Leave (SPL)
Dr Holly Birkett and Dr Sarah Forbes ran a forum in Westminster last week to showcase The Equal Parenting Project's research on the take-up of Shared Parental Leave (SPL).
Holly Birkett and Sarah Forbes feature in the November 2018 issue of Midlands Business Insider.
As national experts on the subject of Shared Parental Leave (SPL), Dr Holly Birkett and Dr Sarah Forbes at the University of Birmingham were invited by the Government Equalities Office (GEO) to take part in the inaugural seminar series for the Workplace and Gender Equality Research Programme.