Now that the children are back at school, many employers may find they are faced with requests from their employees for flexible working. Invest Northern Ireland’s nibusinessinfo.co.uk website offers advice on how these requests should be managed and how to ensure that the business benefits as much as the employee.
Shauna Fenton, Head of the nibusinessinfo.co.uk team, says: “Flexible working includes working from home and staggering working hours. Both are likely to be popular with employees at this time of year as many parents are faced with the challenges of managing the school run when working.
“Introducing a flexible working policy can benefit the business as well as the employees. However, businesses that are considering introducing flexible working for the first time need to plan, implement and monitor its introduction across the business.”
nibusinessinfo.co.uk advises that, when planning to implement a flexible working policy, businesses need to consider the following:
What flexible working arrangements will suit the business?
How will you deal with applications?
Are there jobs that might be difficult to do under a flexible working arrangement, e.g. jobs that don't suit home working?
If there are, what is the nature of the obstacle and can you perhaps overcome it?
How flexible are your IT arrangements, e.g. can employees access their email away from the workplace?
The Employing People section of nibusinessnfo.co.uk www.nibusinessinfo.co.uk/employingpeople provides information on the practical and legal aspects of flexible working, including useful tools and checklists.