Support for employers


This project closed on 29th May 2020. If you are an employer looking for ways to recruit and retain candidates in roles that were previously hard to fill and improve productivity, you may find the resources below helpful:

Caring, Working, Living toolkit

As part of the project, we developed a three part, simple toolkit of bite sized guides about how to recruit and retain employees requiring flexible working arrangements. Employers and Returners were involved in the development of each section of the toolkit through their input at the Caring, Working, Living Panel and the Breaking Down Barriers workshops.

Part One: What is Flexible Working

Flexible Working Visual

Guide to Flexible Working

Getting Ready For Flexible Working Checklist

Reviewing Your Flexible Working Checklist

Part Two: How to Ensure Interview Practices Support Returners

Interview Best Practice Checklist

Interviewer Prompt Card: Unconscious bias

Part Three: How to Attract Returners to Your Organisation 

Recruitment: How to Attract Returners to Your Organisation Checklist

Flexible working – the role of job boards in better promoting flexible work

Research undertaken to understand the flexible job board market and how accommodating it is in addressing the needs of Returners in Greater Manchester both in terms of advertising roles with a variety of flexible work patterns and quality job opportunities.

Flexible working – the role of job boards in better promoting flexible work

Other useful resources:

Flexible Working: The Business Case

Cross-sector Insights on Enabling Flexible Working 

How Can I Retain the Skills of My Employees Who Are Carers?

A Greater Manchester Working Carer Tookit

Returner Programmes: Best Practice Guidance for Employers

Returners: An Introductory Toolkit for Employers

Juggling Work and Unpaid Care: A Growing Issue 

CMI Flexible Working Guidance Document

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