Partnership combines over half a century’s worth of experience and understanding of the needs of working parents, carers, and employers today.
The Covid-19 pandemic has posed particularly intense challenges for the UK’s 13 million working parents. In fact, they are, alongside those with broader caring responsibilities, among the hardest hit.
There has been a huge shift in the way we work. The pandemic has shown that the flexibility can be unlocked in many more jobs than were ever considered before. Parents and carers overwhelmingly want their workplaces to retain flexible working. And many of them are planning to take action to permanently change their working patterns to help them balance work, life and care.
One thing is for sure: there’s no going back to business as usual. Whether employers are prepared or not, change is happening and will continue for the foreseeable future. Talking Talent and Working Families are proud to be at the forefront of it, sharing a passion for transforming the world of work for the better.
The exciting new partnership between Talking Talent and Working Families combines over half a century’s worth of unrivalled experience helping employers to harness the power of flexible and family-friendly working to support parents and carers - and at the same time improve productivity, engagement, and retention. This gives them a deep understanding of the unique challenges facing the working parents, carers, and employers of today.
Together they will be providing complementary expertise to build inclusive workplace cultures that promote career development, work-life balance, and flexible working for all working people.
“I’m delighted that we are able to have a more formal partnership having supported the charity for the last 15 years. The work that Working Families does couldn’t be more important in today’s workplaces as we all struggle with the challenges presented by COVID,” said Chris Parke, Talking Talent’s Global CEO.
“The expertise they have in designing innovative flexible working practices and policies is a perfect fit with our coaching and development programmes for parents and carers. As is our fit in values and ethics to help make the workplace more progressive for all parents and carers.”
“We look forward to collaborating with Talking Talent to create flexible, family-friendly workplaces across the UK,” said Jane van Zyl, Chief Executive of Working Families.
“Flexible working has never been more relevant. With the massive disruption that the pandemic has brought to the lives of people with caring responsibilities, Talking Talent’s unrivalled experience coaching parents and carers will be especially valuable. With our combined expertise, we will be able to offer even more support to parents, carers, and employers alike—ultimately creating a more inclusive world of work.”
If you'd like to read the full Q&A session with Chris and Jane you can download it here.
About Working Families
Working Families is the UK’s work-life balance charity. Our mission is to remove the barriers that people with caring responsibilities face in the workplace.
We provide free legal advice to parents and carers on their rights at work. We give employers the tools they need to support their employees while creating a flexible, high-performing workforce. And we advocate on behalf of the UK’s 13 million working parents, influencing policy through campaigns informed by ground-breaking research.
About Talking Talent
Talking Talent partners with clients to build inclusive cultures that drive belonging, engagement and performance. For over 15 years it has been providing some of the world’s most successful organisations with transformational coaching and development programmes that encourage everyone, and every business to perform at its best. Its global delivery and deep local expertise are central to that. Talking Talent believes that coaching-led approaches to inclusion, purpose and belonging have the biggest impact on performance. Its deep, systemic approach to inclusion creates real behavioural change that lasts. Whether it is enhancing leadership capabilities, facilitating safe dialogue, guiding talent through career-life transitions, or delivering leadership programmes for under-represented groups, its coaching solutions inspire inclusive cultures so that people and business can thrive.