White Horse Employment and Professional Resources

Issue 77, July 2013

How important is a "Flexible Working" policy?

A recent report suggests that a robust flexible working policy ‘cuts cost to employers’ with a group of 22 of Britain’s biggest business leaders signing a commitment to flexible working rights after finding the “agility” in staff hours and locations can cut workforces costs by as much as 13% (via The Telegraph).


Those who have embraced flexible working have reported that it has led to a more productive and committed workforces by reducing stress.

A two year study, undertaken by the EHRC (Equality and Human Rights commission), reports that not responding to the case for flexible working will have big implications for the UK economy.

In an increasingly competitive global economy, it says, the UK will need to retain skilled workers and offer 24-hour service. But the traditional long-hours, desk-bound British work culture is working against these demands.

The report also says skilled workers, particularly women, are dropping out of the workforce or choosing lower-paid, lower-skilled part-time work in order to balance work and family life.

Research shows that 6.5 million people in the UK are not fully using their skills, because either they are not working, or they are working at a level below their abilities.

The intensification of work over the past decade, which has seen hours rising, and the amount of work done in those hours rising, has particularly affected women. The knock-on effect is increased stress and illness, and people who are 'straining at the seams, finding it difficult to cope with work and caring'. To see this detailed report via the EHRC website, click here.

This emotive topic has the ability to demotivate those individuals involved if requests are not handled sensitively so we are running an Employer Essentials Seminar on Flexible Working, on the 18th July, secure your free place by clicking here.

What does the seminar cover?

The seminar will focus on:

  • How far does flexible working extend?
  • What should your flexible working policy include?
  • How to respond to a flexible working request
  • Part time worker regulations
  • Time off for dependants
  • Parental leave
  • The overlap with sex discrimination laws

For further information on Flexible Working practices visit ACAS www.acas.org.uk.

The EHRC has produced a guide to demonstrate how flexible working can add value to your business - "A short guide to… Flexible Working" - What it is and how you can make it work for your business - to view via their website, click here.

Flexible Working Seminar: Thursday, 18th July 2013
9.30am - 11.30am, Registration: 9.00am Cumberwell Park, Bradford-on-Avon

* First delegate FREE, £20.00 plus VAT for each additional delegate attending from the same organisation
** Closing date for bookings: Friday 12th July 2013, please note cancellations after this date may result in "Additional Delegates" charges still being invoiced