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Just over 13% of the UK’s workforce currently work from home, but is it time your business had an office shake up and introduced remote working? We explore the benefits of flexible working policies.Read More
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Flexible working is on the rise with more people eager to work at least some of the time at home – but some businesses are still wary. We spoke to business and recruitment experts to understand the benefits for companies and how to go about introducing it successfully.
Flexible working legislation comes into effect from Monday (June 30), giving individuals the opportunity to request more flexibility in their working lives. This is great news for everyone, even for employers, who can use it as an opportunity to re-think the way they manage people and utilise their assets, according to Steve Connor, project manager at Fasset.
“I think the changes to flexible working legislation will be a good thing for the UK workforce,” says Steve. “Of course, it will be necessary for employees to recognise the need to balance their requests against their employers’ needs. And in turn, employers will need to think outside the box to an extent and consider cultural and management system changes to deal with modified ways of working, whether it’s reduced hours or working from home.”Read More
From 30 June, all UK employees will have the right to request flexible working conditions from their employers, providing they’ve been with the company for at least six months. It’s easy to see why workers would welcome the opportunity to escape their commute or design their hours around other commitments. But it’s a good thing for employers too, says Martin Collinson, Vice President International Sales at Safari Books Online.
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“As an employer, my view of this is largely positive,” says Martin. “Here at Safari we use remote working extensively. Within the International team, all my people work from home offices in multiple countries and time zones. In my view, one of the main benefits of this arrangement is a reduction in the non-productive time spent commuting into a central or fixed office location. That’s a direct productivity improvement we see every day – it’s also a huge benefit to the employee.”Read More
This will mean that all employees will have the right to request flexible working, regardless of dependents, providing they have worked for their employer for at least 26 weeks.
Here at Jobsite, we wanted to help British businesses prepare for the upcoming changes. From our research we’ve discovered that over half (53%) are still unaware of the forthcoming changes. Of those that are aware, 25% admit they haven’t thought about the impact this could have on their business.Read More
At the end of the month, the legislation is changing on flexible working. Philip Landau, an employment law expert, tells us what anyone who runs a business or is in HR needs to know.
Flexible working is about to go mainstream, says Philip Landau, employment lawyer with Landau Law Solicitors. Until recently, anyone with children or caring responsibilities could request the right to flexible work from their employer. However, from 30 June, this will be extended to all UK employees, provided they have been with their employer for at least 26 weeks.Read More
Many businesses already offer flexible working, and the law currently allows those with dependents to request flexi-time, job sharing, remote working, term-time working or compressed hours from their employer.
But did you know from June 30th the law will change, and all employees with at least 26 weeks service will have the right to request flexible working? As an employer you must provide a valid business reason as to why a request cannot be granted, but what does this mean?
At Jobsite, we’ve discovered that many businesses in the UK haven’t prepared for these changes or thought about how they might affect their organisation.
That’s why we’ve created a panel of experts to offer free help and advice to prepare businesses like yours by giving you the facts.Read More