Flexible Working….What a Way to Make a Living!
Posted by Dominic Watt
Famously released by Dolly Parton in 1980, “Working 9-5” appears to be something of the past. At Pro-Recruitment, we have adopted a flexible working policy for the past couple of years. Likewise, with the general workplace, it’s a concept that’s becoming more embraced on a daily basis. Whilst conquering my morning commute, I came across an article on BBC News that suggested the traditional 9 am to 5 pm is only norm for a small number of workers, with “just 6% of people in the UK now working such hours”. What is Flexible Working? Part-time working Contracted hours are less than standard, full-time hours. Flexi-time The freedom to work in any way they choose outside a set core of hours. Staggered hours Different start, finish and break times. Compressed working hours Covering standard working hours in fewer working days. Here at Pro-Tax, we’ve noticed that flexibility around when someone starts and finishes their day is top of some people’s agenda when they consider a move. It could be argued that it’s now a fear for some employers that they could lose their best employers to a rival competitor, due to them implementing modern working practices. One advocate of agile work is EY, who recognise that people with non-work related responsibilities need to have flexibility to aid development in their professional careers. Bob Ward, EY’s North West Senior Partner explains “flexible working has become the way we do business – it is part of our culture” Some Key Facts from 2017: · 67% of employees wish they were offered flexible working · 40% of people would choose flexible working over a pay rise if they could only choose one · 70% of workers feel that offering flexible working makes a job more attractive to them · 58% of people believe that working away from the office would help them become more motivated As you can see from the above statistics, it seems that flexible working is becoming paramount to work life and even more imperative if employers are looking to hire top talent. It will certainly be interesting to see 2018’s postings and whether it will be of continued importance to workplace success. However, with every positive, there is always a negative and there could be a downside to offering flexibility. Some of these include: · Employers could leave themselves open to discrimination claims if they agree arrangements for one individual and not the other, which could also lead to staff resentment · There may be a lack of control and/or awareness of the work being carried and less contact with colleagues at the office could reduce cohesiveness · Breakdown in communication could be an issue as it colleagues may be difficult to get hold over if they are a phone call or email away To conclude, whether it’s taking your dog for an early morning walk, dropping the children off to nursery or simply getting home in time for Monday Night Football, these things seem to count! Whilst it may sound ridiculous, it’s only a matter of time before they impact an individual’s decision to jump ship.