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What is flexible working?

Flexible working is a way of working that suits an employee's needs, for example having flexible start and finish times, or working from home.

Flexible working is NOT an employer making regular extra demands and labelling these as flexible working. The legal definition makes no reference to the needs of the employer - it is about the employees' needs.

Examples of traditional flexible working offers include

  • Job sharing

  • Staggered hours

  • Working from home and hybrid working

  • Flexitime

  • Compressed hours

  • Part time hours

  • Phased return or retirement

  • Annualised hours

In real life, we know that a lot of work in the nfp and public sectors demands flexibility. But far too often, there seems to be an unwritten expectation that employee flexibility is implicit and employer flexibility is optional

Flexible working bends in two (or more) directions from a central point

Work that only bends in the employer's direction isn't flexible, it's just bent!

How flexible is the flexible working your organisation offers?


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