Acas research on flexible working arrangements – broadly, giving people some choice over where and for how long they do their jobs – has plenty to say about the hidden benefits and hidden penalties of alternative ways of working. Here are some highlights from the research:There are hidden benefits and drawbacks to flexible working arrangements, new research from employment adviser Acas finds. Adrian Wakeling, senior policy adviser, looks at the key messages for employers. In many workplace settings, it is hard to distinguish idle chit-chat from meaningful dialogue. We know how it goes – meetings are where everyone has their say, but many of the best ideas and exchanges happen in the corridor just afterwards. So where does this leave the flexible worker who is more likely to be dialling into the meeting and missing out on chance encounters at the tea point? As a homeworker who has also worked flexibly for many years, I know it can be a challenge. New
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- Flexible working can reduce work-life conflict, with less commute time for example. Equally it can also blur the work and home divide and for some lead to work intensification. This may be fuelled by individuals feeling the need to pay back to a company for accommodating their needs.
- The idea of flexible working can be more appealing for individuals than the reality. Home working can lead to feelings of isolation, particularly if communication with colleagues is poor. The benefits