26 September 2018
Flexible Working is becoming ever more common, and employees who meet the qualifying criteria are entitled to submit a flexible working request.
Flexible working is a pattern of work away from the traditional 9am-5pm Mon-Fri in the office, e.g. job share, home working, condensed hours or part-time work.
Typically the assumption is only those with young children request flexible working, but the reality is different.
The demographic makeup of our population is changing; people are living and working longer than ever before, this is great, as skills and knowledge are retained for longer, but also brings challenges.
Accommodating flexible working requests can be a challenge, but it can also be a great a success where the employer retains and attracts talent, while the employee achieves the work-life balance they require to juggle all their commitments they have outside of work.
It can also assist in accommodating the increasing needs of customers who are looking at more flexible opening hours to meet their needs.
With pulls from internal and external forces, the demand for flexible working is set to continue.
Working Families have their annual initiative allowing employers to showcase how they balance work life commitment of staff. National Work-Life Week runs from 1st – 5th October 2018.
A toolkit can be downloaded from www.workingfamilies.org.uk