Earlier this year the UK government put new legislation into effect giving all employees the right to request flexible work. So for those who have always fancied working from home, dropping down to a four-day week or fitting working hours around school drop-offs and pick-ups, now’s the time to ask! Your employer is required to say yes or no. If they cannot say yes, they have a legal obligation to provide you with a valid reason why.
As someone who’s worked remotely from my home office for the past eight years, I am slightly biased when it comes to conversations about flexible working. Needless to say I’m a big fan. The days of sweaty commutes on the tube, train cancellations, endless meetings and bad coffee are thankfully a distant memory for me! But owing to this recent change in law, many more people could soon be joining this flexible working trend.
Citrix GoToMeeting have put together a handy infographic to explain the ins and outs of this new flexible working legislation. With 4.2 million people already working from home in the UK, and the trend showing no signs of slowing down, it is certainly worth getting to grips with this working right.
Similarly, businesses need to understand the implications of these “flexibility requests” which employees are now entitled to submit up to once a year. According to research by Citrix, only 55% of SMB (small-to-midsized businesses) decision makers were aware of the legislation, while 46% had no flexible working policy in place. Only 43% of SMBs support the legislation, but this resistance can often be attributed to lack of understanding and experience around flexible working. Those who approach the subject positively and with an open mind can often reap huge benefits amongst their staff in terms of reduced sick leave, increased productivity and job satisfaction, not to mention reduced stress levels.
If you are considering making a request for flexible working, we hope the infographic below will be helpful in guiding you through the process. If you are a business handling a request, the infographic overviews your new legal obligations.
Additionally, please check out the top tips for making flexible working a positive and productive experience for both parties.
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