FLEXIBLE WORKING HELPS ‘MAKE WORK…WORK’ FOR ALL.
Working flexibly looks different to everyone. It could be part-time working, nine-day fortnights, not working the school holidays, taking a conference call at 10pm, or leaving the office early to go to the gym.
It is about giving people the opportunity, wherever feasible, to work the hours and in the location that best helps them maximise the personal contribution they make.
It isn’t about working less or working more, but about having greater control over how to get your work done more effectively. This ultimately enhances the performance of the organisations we work for, while considering the team’s needs and ensuring customers and clients take priority.
When I speak to people about Flexiworkforce and what we are trying to achieve, particularly men, they immediately jump to the conclusion that it is a product for women returning back to work after childbirth and is to do with part time or job share working. SO WRONG!!
Modern flexible/agile working is so much more than this 1970s view.
Flexible working in 2014 encompasses:
-Part time working- working less than full-time hours (usually by working fewer days).
-Flexitime- the employee chooses when to start and end work (within agreed limits) but works certain ‘core hours’, eg 10am to 4pm every day.
-Job sharing- 2 people do 1 job and split the hours.
-Term time working- working only during school term times and having school holidays off to be with their children.
-Working from home- it might be possible to do some or all of the work from home or anywhere else other than the normal place of work. Also known as teleworking or remote working.
-Compressed hours- working full-time hours but over fewer days.
-Sabattical / Career breaks- is a rest from work, or a break, often lasting from two months to a year.
-Staggered start / end times- the employee has different start, finish and break times from other workers.
-Annualised hours- the employee has to work a certain number of hours over the year but they have some flexibility about when they work. There are sometimes ‘core hours’ which the employee regularly works each week, and they work the rest of their hours flexibly or when there’s extra demand at work.
There is also contract, temporary and freelance working.
With this much choice on offer for both workers and businesses must be able to find a combination that fits.
Flexiworkforce will launch in early 2014 and will bring with it the cream of the crop of UK employers that promote and understand the needs and wants of flexible workers- CARPE DIEM!