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UK MNer: are you employed or have been employed in the past? Please complete a survey for MNHQ - £50 to be won NOW CLOSED

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AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 22-Dec-15 10:51:12

As part our Family Friendly programme, we want to find out a bit more about Mumsnet users’ experiences (or not) of flexible working.

By ‘flexible working’ we mean any working pattern that is different from the norm and aims to accommodate employees’ needs. This could be a job share, or an agreement that you can work from home on certain days, or working a combination of long and short days, or compressed days - and probably lots of other combinations.

This survey is open to all Mumsnetters in the UK who are employed, or have been employed in the past.

Everyone who takes part and adds their details at the end will be entered into a prize draw to win a £50 voucher (for the store of choice, from a list).

Here's the link again:

Thanks for your time and good luck with the prize draw.


Twitterqueen Tue 22-Dec-15 13:28:50

Done. I'm fortunate enough to work for a very large international company that is dedicated to flexible working. It makes a huge, huge difference to my work / life balance.

StealthPolarBear Tue 22-Dec-15 13:30:18

Have completed but it doesn't want to submit. Other Web pages loading fine

slightlyglitterpaned Tue 22-Dec-15 13:46:26

There seems to be an assumption that all women will be delighted to trade pay & promotion for part-time or flexible working. I don't want to be the "budget option", and I doubt I'm the only woman to be promoted after going part time.

I realise there are many bad employers out there but there didn't seem much option to tick if you work for a decent one.

LondonStill83 Tue 22-Dec-15 16:49:20

Done. I love working flexibly.

Gazelda Tue 22-Dec-15 18:25:33

done. Made me remember how lucky I am to be able to work flexibly yet still be respected and valued in my role.

megletthesecond Tue 22-Dec-15 19:15:02

Done. Was turned down for flexible working by my misery guts employer. It's alright for senior management though hmm ..

HeadDreamer Tue 22-Dec-15 20:04:44

Done. I work full time but flexibly. I can work from home on a regular but ad hoc basis. (No fixed work from home day but I do it at least once a week). I have a long commute of 1 hour one way outside of rush hour. I travel outside of rush hour by getting in the office by 8 and leaving by 3, unless I have something I must attend in the office. It enables me to continue with the job and be there for my children.

slightlyglitterpaned Tue 22-Dec-15 20:07:44

Meglet - I thought that question about whether anyone senior works flexibly was difficult to answer - even in the least flexible places I've worked senior management has been able to make decisions about their working day that weren't available to ordinary employees. I'm not sure how much it means when senior managers come in late every Friday to do the school run, if nobody else gets to IYSWIM?

EasterRobin Wed 23-Dec-15 05:24:41

I might have missed something as I can't go back into the survey to check, but i don't think you're going to get many answers to question 11, since you ask anyone who doesn't work flexibly to close the survey back in question 1. You'll still have some people that used to work flexibly but no longer do, but that's about it.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 23-Dec-15 10:09:27

EasterRobin - the survey is open to all who are employed or have been employed in the past - nothing to do with how flexibly they work.

We3KingyOfOblomovAre Thu 24-Dec-15 02:33:48

Done. Thought questions could have been better.

Solo Fri 25-Dec-15 12:02:49

AnnMumsnet I just realised I stuck an extra letter in my email address just as I pressed send!! Is there any way of altering it please? There shouldn't have been a w in there!!

YeOldeTrout Fri 25-Dec-15 15:52:52

Flexible hours is very important to me... I'm sure I pay for it though in terms of salary, though, not high in my type of role in my industry.

cwalliss82 Sat 26-Dec-15 07:14:37

Some weird questions but survey complete. smile

lindseystuart85 Sat 26-Dec-15 16:28:31

All done, I enjoy working I like the routine and independance

SevenSeconds Tue 29-Dec-15 21:22:16

Done. I work part time and have a brilliant work / family balance.

xalyssx Tue 29-Dec-15 21:50:41

I work quite flexibly, partly because I have kiss and partly because I have learning difficulties.

SweetPeaPods Wed 30-Dec-15 00:44:34

Done. I left my last job after they refused my flexible working request for the second time. I was willing to bend over back wards for them. Now much happier in a new job which is part time and job share and I get to see my boys much more.

ElviraCondomine Wed 30-Dec-15 13:30:44

I started the survey but found it frustrating as there was nowhere to explain the limitations of flexible working in my profession: that although it is possible to do part time in terms of the days (e.g 2/3/4 days instead of the standard 5) you can't ever do short days or take TOIL and holidays/leave are totally set in stone. I ended up abandoning the survey because I couldn't answer truthfully.

AnneofGreenTables Thu 31-Dec-15 09:00:26

Done. I work in a very traditional male-dominated industry where working from home and flexible working is almost unheard of. I'm one of only a handful of people who had my request granted. 99% of requests are turned down.

LizB62A Thu 31-Dec-15 11:43:40

I've completed the survey but would have liked to be able to answer that part-time or jobshare are a no go for me as I simply couldn't afford that (although I'd love it !)

nerysw Thu 31-Dec-15 14:59:20

Done, flexible working it great.

knobblyknee Thu 31-Dec-15 23:04:26

Wow. That was en eye opener. I had no idea everyone could ask for flexible working if the job allows.

HelenSw4les Fri 01-Jan-16 20:51:57

I'm so fortunate and thankful to work for an employee who offers flexible working across the entire workforce and has done for many many years; it makes work/life balance so much easier.

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