Employment Law
10th July 2023

Flexible Working Request

Flexible working has become increasingly popular over the last couple of years with some employers and employees not entirely sure of how to handle a flexible working request.  The CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) has developed a tool to assist with the process for a formal request for flexible working.  Firstly, though, let’s look at the reasons for flexible working.

There are a number of reasons for this which include:

  1. Work-Life Balance: Flexible working allows employees to manage their personal commitments and responsibilities in an easier way.  This can be caring for children or elderly family members. It enables them to achieve a healthier balance between their work and personal lives, reducing stress and improving overall well-being.
  2. Health and Well-being: Flexible working can contribute to improved mental and physical health. By having control over their work schedule, employees can engage in activities like exercise, hobbies, or self-care, which can enhance their overall well-being and reduce burnout.
  3. Increased Productivity: Flexible working can enhance productivity as employees have the opportunity to work when they are most focused and motivated. It allows them to optimise their work hours and avoid commuting during peak times, resulting in greater efficiency and output.
  4. Reduced Commuting Time and Costs: Flexible working arrangements, such as remote work or flexible hours, can eliminate or minimise commuting time and expenses. This can save employees money and  it also reduces environmental impact and congestion on roads and public transportation.
  5. Improved Work Satisfaction: Offering flexibility in working arrangements demonstrates trust and respect for employees, which can help increase job satisfaction and morale. When employees feel valued and empowered to manage their own schedules, they are likely to be more engaged and committed to their work.
  6. Attraction and Retention of Talent: Flexible working has become increasingly important for employees when considering job opportunities.  Salaries is no longer the most important factor for employees. Employers providing flexible arrangements are more likely to attract and retain top talent, as they are offering an important competitive edge in a very tight job market.

Overall, flexible working can benefit both employees and employers. It promotes work-life balance, enhances productivity, and contributes to employee satisfaction, ultimately leading to a more positive and motivated workforce.

The CIPD flowchart can be found here.