9 Ideas to help you be a Flexible Employer

by Stuart Miles
by Stuart Miles

If you are an employer, has one of your employees asked for flexible working? Anyone can ask you to work flexibly, but your employees who care for someone have the legal right to ask for flexible working. This applies to those who care for a child or adult. You need to consider the application seriously, and there is a process for this.

There are many different ways your employees can fit in their hours. Allowing flexible working can work for your company as you can have more staff on hand at busy times and fewer when it is quiet. Be open minded to your staff as they suggest different ways that they can do their job.You need to negotiate to find a solution that suits you and your staff. Look at the ideas below and see which might work for your business and your staff.

  1. Annualised hours: An annual number of hours are agreed, and you then work out with your employee when they will work. This could  vary from two weeks on, two weeks off, or term time only.
  2. Compressed hours: The employee does the same hours over fewer days. This could mean doing four 10 hour days, or perhaps working a nine day fortnight of nine hour days.
  3. Flexitime: This usually means that your employee works seven and a halfor eight hours between seven a.m. and seven p.m. A good arrangement for doing the school run at one end of the dayor the other.
  4. Homeworking: Could all or part of a job be done just as effectively from home? The employee will need to make sure that they stay in touch with the office, and may need to attend meetings.
  5. Job-sharing: This is where the employee works with a partner, covering a single job, but splitting the days of the week. You will need good handovers, perhaps with a time where both sharers are in the office to discuss what is going on. It can be problematic to find the right job share partner.
  6. Self-rostering: This is where the employee selects the hours to work.
  7. Shift working: There are many jobs outside the traditional nine to five. Consider evening and weekend working.
    1. Staggered hours: Start and finish times can vary for different people in a team, so some finish early, while others start and finish late.
    2. Term-time working: This works well if your company has seasonal demands, and is likely to be quiet during August, Christmas and Easter

Get an overview of flexible working at https://www.gov.uk/flexible-working/overview


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