Flexible working

All employees with 26 weeks' service have the right to request a change to their hours, timing or location of work. Flexible working can improve productivity but it brings with it various issues for employers. Here we highlight our latest flexible working content, including guidance on how to handle flexible working requests, and other content on working from home, changing working hours, and the risk of discrimination claims.


 

Four in five firms expect hybrid working post-lockdown

Eighty-six per cent of large firms polled expect hybrid working to continue, but giants such as Google envisage a surge in demand for office desks.

Fall in staff working flexible hours during pandemic

6 May 2021

CIPD analysis of Labour Force Survey data shows a decline in the use of part-time working, flexi-time and annualised hours.

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Are ‘global employees’ the next big thing?

5 May 2021

In theory, technology now allows employees to work from anywhere, but how easy is it to run a global workforce?

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Investment banks prepare for office return

5 May 2021

"People don’t like commuting, but so what?" – JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs prepare to bring staff back to the office this summer.

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Top 50 firms for gender equality named

29 Apr 2021

Organisations that have maintained efforts to improve gender equality have been celebrated on The Times Top 50 Employers for Women.

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Ministers consider applying remote working lessons to public services

28 Apr 2021

Boris Johnson has told ministers to use remote working lessons to investigate what savings could be made in the civil service and public services.

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Two in five employers not addressing presenteeism

27 Apr 2021

Research finds four in five employers report that staff have worked at home while unwell over the past year, but 40% aren’t taking steps to address it.

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Irwin Mitchell staff to choose where they work

27 Apr 2021

Law firm says, depending on their role, staff will be free to choose where and when they work.

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What will hybrid wellbeing initiatives look like?

27 Apr 2021

Reward and recognition schemes will have a key part to play in helping employees feel valued as we emerge from lockdown.

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How useful is the term ‘hybrid working’?

26 Apr 2021

How hybrid working is applied depends on whether your business is a shape-shifter, temporary pivoter or re-inventor.

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Holidays abroad: employers’ 15 questions answered

23 Apr 2021

Jo Moseley answers 15 questions that employers are asking in relation to their staff jetting off in 2021.

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Three in 10 miss out on learning while hybrid working

21 Apr 2021

A survey finds 29% don’t receive training to support their professional development while working in a ‘hybrid’ environment.

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Employees less worried about hybrid working than leaders

21 Apr 2021

Almost four in 10 business leaders are worried about lack of management oversight as organisations move to hybrid working, compared with just 7% of employees.

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House of Parliament

Legislation must catch up with ‘huge shift in nature of work’

21 Apr 2021

The growth of platform working, digital monitoring and ‘epresenteeism’ poses a significant risk for people's wellbeing in work, finds Lords inquiry.

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ONS: Homeworkers did longer hours but took fewer sick days in 2020

19 Apr 2021

Homeworkers did more overtime and worked more hours during 2020, according to the Office for National Statistics.

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