How flexible are you?
Employers should consider how they can encourage staff loyalty to the organisation with flexible working practices to encourage a work-life balance. The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) provides guidance on the right to request flexible working and how to handle these.
Some ideas for flexible working
Condensed working weeks. Read the Work Options advice on pros and cons of compressing working hours into fewer days.
Flexible working hours. Learn more at the Chartered Institute for Professional Development's (CIPD) page on this and other ways of working flexibly.
Flexible working days. The recruitment site, Monster, has straight forward steps to requesting flexible working days.
Term-time working. The charity Turn2Us provides helpful tips on the benefits term-time workers may be able to claim.
Job sharing. See GOV.UK's definition of job sharing and its guide to other types of flexible working.
Dog-friendly offices. Find out more about taking a pet to work.
Study leave. Read more on who has the right to request time off to study.
Unpaid (holiday) leave. Learn more about unpaid leave for parents, trustees, trade union representatives and others entitled to take unpaid time off.
Time off in lieu and paid overtime. Find out about the EU working time directive and other aspects of working additional hours.
Home working. Read ACAS advice for employers and employees on working from home.
Sabbaticals. Learn about the difference between sabbaticals and career breaks.
Relaxation. You might want to consider providing gym membership, or quiet facilities in the office.
- Overview of flexible work and flexible time options from flexibility.co.uk's resources for new ways of working.
- An Introduction to flexible working at GOV UK.