We want to help  leaders & managers  create the future-proof workplaces of tomorrow.

Ready to jump in? Our research-led toolkit will empower you with the knowledge and confidence to develop an inclusive, family-friendly & hybrid work culture.

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Are you striving to build an organisation with an inclusive, family-friendly culture? Or, as a manager with a diverse team, are you unsure of how to best support them?
Are your 'family-friendly' policies and practices built and working for the diverse needs of your workforce in the modern workplace?

Welcome to Future Families Work!

Exploring What Professionalism Means

What you can take from our toolkit...

Today the workplace and working practices are more diverse and fluid than ever before, which can present a number of positives.

Develop specific actions to create a healthy and inclusive hybrid culture

Build self-awareness of beliefs surrounding what it means to be professional and the impact this can have on employee wellbeing in the modern workforce

Consider practical ways to have inclusive conversations with team members

Gain insight and empathy into the challenges of team members with diverse family circumstances

What this toolkit offers

This toolkit supports managers to gain the knowledge and confidence to navigate diverse employee circumstances with a focus on those with parental responsibilities, helping staff feel able to offer their full value to the team and organisation.

In order to do this, this toolkit has been broken down into three sections:

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Supporting hybrid working

Hybrid working is changing employees’ perceptions of work and offers unique challenges in how to manage a team.

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Supporting diverse working families

The traditional nuclear family is in decline in Britain so focusing on these circumstances alone is increasingly exclusionary.

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Exploring what professionalism means

Encouraging critical questioning around current societal and organisational beliefs about ‘professionalism'.

Our research team

Based on extensive research, the University of Liverpool has collaborated with Lancaster University and organisational consultancies, Avenir Consulting, How Do You Do It, and Head Office, each respectively expert in the areas of diversity and inclusion, working parents, and employee wellbeing and mental health, to develop a toolkit aimed at leaders and managers within organisations of all sizes.


This is an insightful, research-based and practical management guide, together with a range of supportive resources, produced by experienced academics from the University of Liverpool Management School, which enables managers to develop inclusive, family-friendly, hybrid working environments. The toolkit is an excellent aid for managers who are focusing on aligning their organisational goals with workplace cultures based on inclusion and contemporary working practices – and thereby enhancing employee attraction, retention and engagement.

Emeritus Professor Michael Osbaldeston Cranfield University School of Management and Member of ULMS Advisory Board

In all cases the research from Laura and Caroline was incorporated in the programmes we ran, and the insights from the research shared with participants on their programmes, and their managers, leading to better conversations between managers and employees.

WOMBA (Work, me, and the baby) CEO

…it became more clear to me that inclusion doesn’t mean everyone being the same and working the same, but embracing and learning from our differences. I am now more aware of what other people need, rather than what I believe they need. Support isn’t always with an end goal in mind.

Workshop Attendee – CBRE

Inclusion is ensuring everyone feels included and valued…ensuring when a meeting is happening in the office and some online that we…include those online. Making sure those working from home don’t feel like they are judged or doing a worse job than someone in the office. Etc lots to take away from today.

Workshop Attendee – CBRE

Here at Nationwide, we have used Dr Radcliffe’s research to help inform our future strategies around our family friendly policies. We look forward to continuing to work with Dr Radcliffe to continue our journey for balance in the workplace.

Nationwide, Culture, Engagement & Inclusion Team

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