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  • ► News on home working and flexibility

    Home-working in the UK

    The Office for National Statistics reported yesterday (4 June) that more than four million people now work from home. This figure equates to nearly 14% of those in work and is the highest figure since comparable records began in 1998.

    Some facts about home-working from the report:

    • Those who work from home tend to carry out higher skilled roles than those who don’t work from home
    • 50% of those working from home are working as managers, associate professionals or professionals
    • The most common roles for male home workers were among construction occupations, while for women the top roles included child-minding and care work
    • 63% of home workers are self-employed
    • The home working rate is higher among older age groups – 38% if those over 65 who work do so from home
    • With the exception of older workers (aged 65 and older) homeworkers are more likely to use their home as a base rather than work within the grounds of their home
    • The South West of England has the highest level of home-workers, followed by the South East of England

     

    Flexible working

    At the moment, only those who care for a child or adult have the legal right to request flexible working. But did you know that from the end of this month this right is extended to all employees who have worked for their current employer for more than 26 weeks?

    From 30 June, employees have the right to make one ‘flexibility request’ a year – and employers have a legal obligation to deal with requests in a reasonable manner and within a reasonable timeframe. Employers will have the right to turn down requests on business grounds.

    More information can be found on the ACAS website.

  • ► Should your employees work from home?

    Last week your top performing employee came to see you and asked to work from home. She had some compelling reasons to want to do this – a long and expensive commute, children who hardly seem to see her and a partner who works away from home.  You desperately want to keep her and help her out if you can, but you’re worried about the impact on you.  Is working from home ever a good idea?

    Just over a year ago, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer banned homeworking at the tech giant’s headquarters. She argued that for the organisation to be successful in the future, it was critical for its employees to be present in the office.  Mayer’s decision, which went against the tide of corporate flexibility, attracted a tsunami of negative comment.  Was she right or wrong to do this and what should you do if an employee wants to swop office life to keep the home fires burning?

    To help you decide, read what we at FlexiJobs have to say on this subject…


Flexible working 'cuts cost to employers', say business leaders

A group of 22 of Britain's biggest companies have signed a commitment to flexible working rights after finding that "agility" in staff hours and locations can cut workforce costs by as much as 13pc.

Click here to know more - Telegraph article - 2013


More flexibility at work: what leaders say

British business leaders are fighting for more flexible working. Here is what they and their supporters have to say about the issue.

Click here to know more - Telegraph article - 2013


Bischoff adopts agile approach to flexible working

Lloyds chairman Sir Win Bischoff says firms are losing out financially by sticking to traditional working patterns.

Click here to know more - Telegraph article - 2013


Flexible working: why the arts and culture sector doesn't get it yet

For a creative industry, the arts and culture sector has very uncreative and inflexible workplaces, argues Claire Hodgson

Culture jobs are advertised as either full-time or part-time, but rarely as flexible. We define "work" in terms of hours and days worked rather than tasks completed. Even in senior positions, there is often a contractual reference to hours per week and weeks per year. What would happen if we didn't measure jobs in terms of days worked but in terms of tasks completed?

Click here to know more - Guardian article - 2013


How flexible working can benefit you and your employees

While working from home may not be a suitable option for every employee in every business, there are many different ways of working flexibly which can have considerable business benefits.

Click here to know more - Guardian article - 2013