Could your business benefit from offering flexible working hours?

10 Nov 2017


Flexible working is a way of working that suits an employee’s needs such as having flexible start and finish times, or working from home. All employees have a right to request flexible working hours providing they have been in that role for at least 26 weeks.

Flexible working can take many forms including: job sharing, working from home, compressed hours, flexitime and phased retirement.

Business could be left behind if they don’t consider offering flexible working practice according to a panel of experts.

Ross Wellman, commercial director at Vincents Solicitors argues against assumptions that staff on flexible working hours  are not as productive as their 9-5 counterparts and also that they will take advantage of the arrangement, to the detriment of the business.

He said:“In fact, many bosses find their flexible workers go over and above just to demonstrate they are as keen and loyal as their nine to five counterparts.

“It’s often ignorance of employees’ legal right to request flexible working and worries over how to make it work in practice that puts businesses off. But any forward-thinking organisation which values its workforce will need to consider such arrangements otherwise it could be left behind as basic market forces will dictate where the good employees choose to stay.”

If you are thinking about offering your staff flexible working your Chamber Membership can help. St Helens Chamber Members have access round the clock, expert advice on HR and employment issues.

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