Flexible Working

Published: 4 July 2018

We are living in a world that is moving and changing rapidly every day, with endless responsibilities  and very little time to keep on top of everything that life throws at you, so flexible working is becoming a must for a number of people.

Giving employees the freedom of flexible working can be hugely beneficial for both parties,  and here are some reasons why –

Employer

  • Scheduling work across larger time frames
  • Recruiting and keeping valued staff who have other life commitments
  • Making efficient use of office facilities i.e. creating hot desks & co-working spaces
  • Consistent staff coverage by one employee while another is away

Employee

  • Avoid rush-hour commutes
  • More control over time off
  • Work-life balance advantages, i.e appointments, early finishes/ late starts for events or family commitments
  • Higher productivity levels – ability to schedule work during quieter times

A vast amount of employers have issues with flexible working as they struggle to understand how the dynamics work with less supervision, less communication and creating fairness for all staff, but this can be managed and achieved with these simple tools –

  • Clear policies on working hours

Ensuring there are strict, clear and effect HR policies in place to esnure both parties know where they stand.

  • Keeping track of hours worked 

Make it clear to staff how they should track their hours, holidays and overtime. By keeping track of these hours, you can calculate the actual hourly rate for each employee.

 

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