In today’s modern workplace, flexible working is becoming more of a fundamental aspect for those working with children, and managing personal responsibilities.
Flexible working can include irregular hours, working remotely or reducing hours, working remotely, and even job sharing, it gives many professionals the opportunity work when otherwise they would be unable to.
Employment legislation in the UK has changed since 2014, with all employees being allowed to request flexible working; with research showing that 77% of companies now offer at least one form of flexible working. While up-take is growing, with 52% of employees report working flexibility in some way, however for most, this involves part-time work. Only 6% say they are engaging in job-sharing, working compressed hours or adopting flexi-time working.
The advantages of flexible working benefit both employee and employer; with 70% of personnel engaging in flexi-working report feeling satisfied with their work-life balance. In turn this improves morale and therefore productivity. As well, this is positive for businesses that rely on people who are willing to adopt non-traditional working hours.
Furthermore, the EHRC (Equality & Human Rights Commission) released figures that pregnant women and new mothers who may have faced discrimination using these types of flexi-time previously, are now returning to work much sooner, with a surge of mothers going back to work.