Flexible working can be extremely beneficial, allowing employees to create a strong work/life balance that can assist with personal commitments such as caring responsibilities.
For employers, flexible working has the effect of lowering employee turnover, whilst enhancing the ability to retain valued employees and boosting workplace morale.
Before the Covid-19 lockdown, many businesses were reluctant to adopt flexible/agile working practices, preferring to remain with traditional in-office hours, five days a week. During the Coronavirus pandemic, business and their employees have worked together, proving that it is possible to have a productive workforce, based in the office or working from home or other remote locations.
All employees have the statutory right to request flexible working after they’ve completed 26 weeks of continuous employment with their employer. These types of requests can include; a change to hours and days worked, or to work from home. Employers are encouraged to consider and accept flexible working requests wherever possible, and may only decline a request where there is a sound business reason for refusal.
There are many considerations for employers when managing working flexibly and if you’d like to know more about putting in place safe, flexible working practices for your employees, get in touch.
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