How Mansoora benefits from work/life balance at the British Red Cross
Mansoora Shah works in the British Red Cross talent team on our equitable recruitment project – helping us make sure that the ways we ask people to apply for jobs with us is inclusive and fair for everyone. Before working for us, Mansoora was a deputy head in a top grammar school.
In today's fast-paced world, striking the right balance between work and personal life is more crucial than ever. As we celebrate Work Life Week, I want to shine a light on the British Red Cross's commitment to flexible working and how it has transformed my life.

Transitioning from an academic career to the Red Cross was a significant shift for me. I was accustomed to fixed hours and specific working periods throughout the year.

The option to work remotely has been a game-changer for me. No more hours lost in commute. I can work from the comfort of my home. For me, this flexibility means better focus and the ability to be fully present, both at work and at home.

Being the early bird that I am, I can start work early in the morning and take a longer lunch to indulge in my passion for cooking or finish early and meet friends or be there for family. One of the adjustments I appreciate the most is the Headspace Day, a meeting free day which allows me to focus to get into the ‘Flow’ state and produce some of my best work. If I need to adjust my hours, I can easily make them up later. The understanding and support from my team are unparalleled, making it easy to balance work and personal commitments.

The British Red Cross's approach to flexible working is not just a policy; it's a culture. A culture that understands, supports, and values each individual's unique needs and lifestyles. As we share our stories this Work Life Week, I hope more organisations take inspiration and make work-life balance a reality for all.
Create your own work/life balance with a career at the British Red Cross