Flexible Working Requests
Since the pandemic began, more people have had to work from home than ever before. Whilst some may have previously worked remotely, others may not and will have had to adjust. It is likely though that as UK organisations return to work, more employees will want to keep some sort of flexibility in how they work.
Flexible working can be agreed on an ad hoc and informal basis. If an employee wants longer term, more formal arrangements, this is a change in their terms of employment and so should be considered in detail, formally agreed and recorded.
As lockdown finally eases it is time for businesses to carefully consider how best to manage the return to the office. Many organisations are currently developing and implementing plans for the transition.
Whatever the return will look like for your business, one thing that is clear is that ‘business as usual’ as we once knew it is off the cards. Hybrid working is likely to be the new ‘normal working’ for a lot of companies. The hybrid model, where working time is split between homeworking and office-based working, offers businesses and employees the freedom to strive to achieve the ‘ideal work-life’ balance. A working environment that offers employees the flexibility to plan their working week around their personal as well as professional lives, contributes greatly to better well-being which in turn results in greater productivity.
Ensuring a safe return to the office will be a challenge and the key to ensuring a smooth transition involves proper planning and communication with employees. Use this time to implement procedures and policies that will work for your business. To help with this ACAS have produced guidance for employers on:
- Considering hybrid working for your organisation
- Consulting and preparing to introduce hybrid working
- Creating a hybrid working policy
- Treating staff fairly in hybrid working
- Supporting and managing staff in hybrid working
Read more in this series of blogs “Back to work”
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