Flexible Working Practices

The flexible working practices section discusses flexible working as a strategic tool organisations can use to improve performance and productivity. It outlines the different types of smart and flexible working, including part-time and compressed hours, as well as agile working.

Flexible Working Practices

The Government is reviewing flexible working policy over the next year. One focus is making it a day one right for people to request flexible working.

A right to request is one thing, though, but, under the legislation there are eight broad reasons why managers can turn down a request.

Of course, there may be many good reasons why flexible working is not granted, but the vagueness of the reasons outlined in the legislation allows those who believe flexible working is too difficult to manage or who are not confident about how to make it work to side step it.

Having flexible working policies is not enough to create a workplace where flexible working is accepted and normalised at all levels.

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