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The TUC is warning employers not to create a “class divide” by overlooking the flexible working needs of people who must be present in a workplace, as Acas publishes guidance on hybrid working.
The union body’s general secretary Frances O’Grady said that “every worker in every job should be able to work flexibly” and urged the government to publish its long-awaited consultation on rights to flexible working from day one.
Advice published today by Acas, aims to help employers introduce hybrid working and manage requests from staff who wish to split their time between working remotely and in their employer’s workplace.
It commissioned a YouGov poll which found that 55% of employers anticipated an increase in staff working from home or remotely part of the week, while a similar number (49%) expected an increase in staff working from home or remotely all week.
Acas chief executive Susan Clews said: “Hybrid working existed before Covid and our survey reveals that more than half of employers in Britain expect this type of flexible working to increase once we come out of the pandemic. Our new advice can help employers look at the potential benefits of hybrid working, consider whether it is suitable for their workplace, and fairly manage any staff requests.”
O’Grady commented: “As restrictions ease, employers should consult with staff and their unions about working patterns and hours – including hybrid working and working from home.
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