Developing a Family-Friendly Workplace

Developing a Family-Friendly Workplace: Adapting Practice and Enhancing Productivity

28th April 2020 | Central London

in partnership with Working Families and The Fatherhood Institute


Earlier this year, the Government Equalities Office released a ‘Family Friendly Policies’ guide for employers, drawing a direct line between such policies and tackling the gender pay gap. There are broader implications of such policies, however – creating a family-friendly workplace can also allow parents to engage more fully at home and at work, benefitting productivity, wellbeingstaff loyalty and retention

The necessary adaptation is three-stranded, and relatively clear-cut. Amending flexible working, parental leave and childcare supports and policies are fundamental to family-friendly workplace practice. Communication is also key, as is cultural change in ensuring that take-up is successful. The needs of alternative families -- such as single-parents, adoptive parents, or gay parents – are also crucial considerations.

Join us for our upcoming event, ‘Developing a Family-Friendly Workplace: Adapting Practice and Enhancing Productivity’. There, you will have the opportunity to hear from speakers pioneering these policies on how to successfully adopt and implement them, whilst learning from experienced practitioners about embedding and championing these changes.

Key Speakers: 

  • Claire McCartney, Senior Policy Adviser, Resourcing and Incluson, CIPD
  • Jane van Zyl, CEO, Working Families
  • Elliott Rae, Founder, Music. Football. Fatherhood and Head of Project Race, DEFRA
  • Adrienne Burgess, Joint CEO and Head of Research, The Fatherhood Institute
  • Laura Dewar, Policy Officer, Gingerbread
  • Jane van Zyl, CEO, Working Families

Why attend? 

  • Learn how to transform your organisation into a family-friendly workplace
  • Bring new, innovative ideas around supporting parents and families back to your organisation, with the insight needed to put them into practice 
  • Hear from leading figures about fostering disabled employees' skills and potential 
  • Earn a CPD certificate for your personal progression
  • Enjoy an opportunity to network with top speakers and fellow colleagues 


Who should attend? 

Anyone with an interest in making their workplace more family friendly, including: employers; HR managers/officers; wellbeing officers; senior managers; consultants; trade unions, staff network leads and representative groups.The event is CPD certified, and a certificate is available to confirm your attendance.


Dates and locations: 

Developing a Family-Friendly Workplace | Central London | 28th April 2020


Register now 


For queries regarding registration please contact: 

Ivana Picone

0207 593 5739






Chair's Introduction

Claire McCartney, Senior Policy Adviser, Resourcing and Inclusion, CIPD


The Family-Friendly Workplace: engaging staff, changing patterns, and closing the gender pay gap

  • The business case for family-friendly workplaces
  • Flexible working, parental leave and childcare as key tools and considerations


Flexible Working: providing all employees with family-friendly choices

  • Planning for flexible options and role re-design at recruitment stages
  • Ensuring that flexible working is accessible in as many roles as possible
  • Normalising flexible working for all staff, especially male staff
  • Aiding and training line managers in supporting change and staff


Networking Break


Alternative Families: providing support to all kinds of families

  • Ensuring family-friendly provisions are accessible to, and relevant for, alternative families
  • Understanding the needs of single parents, gay parents, parents who are co-parenting, adoptive and foster parents

Laura Dewar, Policy Officer, Gingerbread




Parental Leave & Childcare: reviewing provisions and communicating clearly

  • Reviewing and enhancing current organisational leave and childcare provisions
  • Clear communication: ensuring that staff are aware of their options
  • Open conversations: capitalising on early discussions and keep-in-touch days

Jane van Zyl, CEO, Working Families


Championing Change: advocating and normalising family-friendly workplace practice and choices for men and fathers

  • Championing senior staff who work flexibly or share childcare responsibilities
  • Encouraging full take-up of parental-leave entitlements by male staff
  • Embedding family-friendly working patterns and choices into everyday workplace practice

Adrienne Burgess, Joint CEO and Head of Research, The Fatherhood Institute


Chair's Closing Remarks


Event Close