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Flexible working – are you ready?

flexible working - are you ready?

The right to request flexible working is being extended to all employees with more than 26 weeks’ continuous employment from 30 June 2014. Employers will have a duty to consider requests in a reasonable manner but will have the flexibility to refuse requests on business grounds.

Requests for flexible working can cover hours of work (eg flexitime), times of work (eg shift working) or place of work (eg home work) and may include requests for different patterns of work (eg term time working).

As an employer you need to be aware of this change and have processes in place to manage requests.  Clearly, you will want to balance the desire to retain valued team members and creating a motivating work environment against business, operational and customer requirements.  

Why you need to consider this

Recent Hudson research shows that flexible working arrangements are important when considering a new role.  Over two thirds (77%) of employees surveyed said it was in their top five of attractive benefits, with a third (33%) saying it was in their top two.  As for employers, half (51%) said they already offered flexible working as part of their salary and reward package, with a further 30% saying they were looking to include flexible working as part of a wider retention and motivation package.

As the jobs market improves and employers find themselves competing for the right talent, we anticipate that those clear policy around flexible working may well be in a stronger position. 

Flexible working survey

Hudson is keen to understand whether the changes to flexible working legislation will enhance your organisation’s capability to attract and retain outstanding professionals, in a time when there is a war for talent.

Please take 5 minutes to complete our on-line survey and we will share the results with you in the coming weeks 

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