Flexible working

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Working flexibly can have an impact not only on the quality of your work, but also on your general quality of life.  This impact can be positive for everyone - your employer, yourself and your family - provided that the flexibility is negotiated not imposed and that other measures are taken so that it works for both you and your employer.

Our aim is firstly to share information on flexible working practices in the UK, thanks to the many articles we have on the subject, and secondly to help you establish your career plan (with help from one of our coaches) in addition to providing you with coaching exercises.

There are many forms of flexible working, but here are the most common:

  • Home-working
  • Compressed working week
  • Part-time working
  • Job-sharing
  • Portfolio career
  • Annualised hours

Whatever way you choose, negotiating flexibility as part of your contract will allow you to consider one of the following scenarios:

  • Taking parental leave
  • Fitting work around you family
  • Setting up a business
  • Preparing for retirement

Flexible working has many advantages.  Here are the ones which are most often cited:

  • Avoiding traffic and time wasted commuting
  • Better control of your free time
  • Better work/life balance.  For example, being able to take your children to school or to the dentist/doctor; starting work later or leaving earlier to participate in sport or study
  • Ability to work during quiet times in order to achieve more

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