We hear a lot these days about flexible working, mainly in a negative sense. Stories around the “Gig Economy” and zero hours contracts focus mainly on poor working conditions and the exploitation of workers. However, research shows that many workers value flexible working as a key benefit.
Younger workers are increasingly looking for work-life balance in their choice of career rather than the rigid 7.5 hours a day in the office expected in the traditional workplace. In addition, those with caring responsibilities or outside interests welcome the opportunity to work around their commitments.
Of course, advances in technology make flexible working a much more viable option than it was in the past. Instant chat, shared documents and video conferencing make the workplace totally mobile. Working from home – or indeed anywhere in the world where there is an internet connection – is as easy as sitting in the office.
So what are the benefits of flexible working?
And how can you make it work for your business?
From an employment law perspective, all employees are entitled to request flexible working. Businesses are not obliged to grant the request but must follow a fair process for considering it and have a good business reason for turning it down.
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