Flexible working remains a hot topic. It’s been just over 12 months since every employee was given the right to request flexible working and support our mission to create more family friendly workplaces.

For those who may not be aware, the new right provides every employee with the opportunity to request flexible working, and this may include varying a place of work or a type of contract. Flexible working may also include part time working, sharing a job, working shifts or flexitime.

Flexible working can have a fantastic impact on an organisation and Sarah Jackson, Chief Executive of Working Families, shares her thoughts on how well it has become embedded. One thing is for certain: A supportive culture is key.

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Implementing Flexible Working Practices

We’ve also included a few tips below for embedding and implementing flexible working practices in your organisation

  1. Get to know your workplace. Before you begin, it’s important to understand the dynamics of your workplace and how supportive your organisational processes are of flexible working. This might include the logistics of specific roles or performance measurement and management.
  2. Understand your employees too.  In addition, it’s important to understand the priorities, needs and requirements of your employees. This will help you understand how your business is functioning and where flexible working can support.
  3. Define roles and responsibilities. Working flexibly can be challenging if the roles and responsibilities are not defined for employees, line managers and HR partners. Make sure everyone is clear on the support around them and also the organisation’s priorities.
  4. Communicate regularly. Communication is key with flexible working and investing in ongoing communication strategies will support both your employees and their colleagues.
  5. Create trials and pilots. Once you have confirmed your flexible working initiatives, make use of trials and pilots to test and highlight potential problems with working arrangements.
  6. Monitor and evaluate your culture.  Flexible working will continue to grow and evolve, much like the needs of your business and employees, so it’s important to regularly reflect.