Flexible working continues to dominate discussion in the UK, with a range of factors now encouraging people to change their working pattern, and/or work remotely from their usual office premises. As a business owner, you may have an increasing number of employees now taking on a flexible working arrangement, but is the technology you’re using making it easy for them to carry this out?
Flexible working has been a talking point in UK news over the last few weeks. On the 16th July 2019, MP Helen Whately put forward a flexible working bill to Parliament, stating that the typical modern family no longer consists of stay-at-home mums, with many now looking to establish careers of their own. But for this to be a success, childcare and work need to be balanced, hence the need for flexible working. The bill states that flexible working should be the default position for employees, rather than requiring them to request it.
"The 40-hour, five-day working week made sense in an era of single-earner households and stay-at-home mums, but it no longer reflects the reality of how many modern families want to live their lives." Helen Whately, MP
Organisations who want to reflect their employee’s best interests should accommodate flexible working in their business, otherwise they could find themselves being left behind when it comes to attracting the best talent to join their team.
With the bill currently working its way through stages in parliament, the argument being forward is clearly a convincing one in the political space. But it’s not only the aspect of modern families that is driving the need for more flexible working. In the week of the 22nd July 2019, temperatures were over 30 degrees in many parts of the UK. Due to the high temperatures, the Trades Union Congress recommended that businesses utilise flexible working so employees can travel at cooler times, or stay at home.
“Often staff have to travel to work in overcrowded trains or buses. Allowing them the flexibility to finish either earlier or later can help, as can allowing them more frequent rest breaks.” Trade Union Congress
With climate change set to make such temperatures the new norm in the coming years, flexible working could become ever more popular among UK employees, especially in office buildings which aren’t equipped with air conditioning. It’s another aspect that forward thinking businesses need to consider, and put into their strategic planning.
With these aspects in mind, consider how your business is set up for flexible working at this moment in time. Are employees easily contactable remotely? Can they access the same tools that they use in the office? If not, have a read of our below blog on the kind of technology that can be implemented for efficient flexible working.