There is no one answer to this question. This is because it means different things for different people. Some flexible working practices work incredibly well for some teams but may be totally inappropriate for others.
So What Exactly Do We Mean By The Term ‘Working Flexibly’?
We believe that it is a work pattern that accommodates both the needs of the employee whilst maintaining the business needs of the company. It is a symbiotic relationship. You cannot have one without the other.
The Find Your Flex Group use the 6 pillars to explain the different forms of flexible working.
The Six Pillars Of Flexible Working
- FT Flexi Start & Finish TImes
- Term Time Only
- Part Time
- Compressed Hours
- Remote Working
- Job Share
Flexi Start and Finish Times
Employees work their contracted hours but can choose alternative start and finish times. Some businesses choose to have core hours that everyone has to be present for.
Term Time Only
Employees only work during school term time. This allows parents to manage school holidays without the need to rely on paid help or favours. Employees have full employment rights.
Many people who work part time are just as ambitious as their full time colleagues. People work part time hours for varying reasons. Financial, personal desire, childcare and more. For this group of people it’s really important that are considered as important as their full time counterparts. They have the same employment rights as those working full time.
Working contracted hours across a compressed time period. For example full time hours over 4 days. Conversely, some may wish to work part time hours but over 5 days. Some employers state a core day for meetings that everyone must be present for.
Working in a location other than the main office. It could be at home or in a shared working environment.
A role that has the workload capacity for full time hours but is split between 2 employees. It could be an even split or an alternative split such as 75:25.
There are so many benefits to facilitating flexible working patterns. Not forgetting that flexible working can go a long way to closing the gender pay gap and increasing gender diversity in the workplace. To read more, why not download our Tips To Implementing Flexible Working.
See how your business can become a flexible working partner.