A decade ago flexible working was considered a perk. Since then many businesses have woken up to the fact that they can keep talented staff by offering a flexible approach to work.
It is also the case that a healthy work-life balance contributes to business success and growth.
Flexible working arrangements can vary. They may include working compressed or reduced hours, flexi time and working part time, as well as job sharing or home working.
The latest Workplace Employment Relations Study tells us that the most common form of flexible working is flexi time – when staff do not work traditional hours. This was used by 30% of the survey participants.
Under the current rules, parents of children aged 16 or under, or of disabled children under the age of 18, have the right to ask their employer to work more flexibly and the employer has to reasonably consider all requests.
Some employees who have caring responsibilities for adults also have a right request to work flexibly.
Source: BBC News
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