The law on flexible working is changing, and employers must be ready.
How would you handle her request?
What is flexible working?
Flexible working can include:
- Part-time or term-time working
- Compressed hours
- Working from home
- Career breaks
How is the law changing?
From 30 June 2014, all your employees have the right to request to work flexibly, not just those with children.
You must consider requests in a reasonable way and tell employees of your decision within three months.
What’s in it for me?
Employers will benefit from increased productivity, lower labour turnover, and reduced absenteeism. The government expects economic benefits of about £47m a year.
A survey by Kingston University found that workers on flexible contracts are more emotionally engaged, more satisfied with their work, more likely to speak positively about their organisation and less likely to quit.
Grounds for refusal
- Burden of additional costs
- Inability to reorganise work among existing staff
- Inability to recruit additional staff
- Detrimental impact on quality
- Detrimental impact on performance
- Detrimental effect on ability to meet customer demand
- Insufficient work for the periods the employee proposes to work
- Planned structural change to the business
Brian leaps at the chance. Starting early and finishing early will cut his childcare costs, so he’s happy to take Jo’s place when she has a late gig the night before.
Result = 2 ecstatic employees
ACAS offers a free guide on how to handle requests, with lots of examples.