What is flexible working and how can The Future Is Flexi help?

Flexible working. We are hearing more and more about it, it’s on the up and it’s here to stay. But what exactly is it?

Flexible working is a way of working which supports the employee’s needs. There isn’t a one size fits all approach, it is dependant on the employee and employer and takes a variety of forms. Since 2014, all employees have the right to request flexible working, it is no longer limited to parents and carers.

At The Future Is Flexi, we feel there isn’t just one way of working flexibly. Everyone has different commitments and success in a job should be based on output rather than time spent in the office. Whether it’s flexitime, part time, compressed hours or any other way, The Future Is Flexi will agree terms of work between the employer and employee before work commences. This ensures both parties are happy with the arrangement to then lead to a successful working partnership.

Benefits to employers

  • It can reduce stress. Employers can avoid the (often long) commute and reduce the need to complete all their work in the very rigid traditional 9-5 routine. This can then result in reduced staff absence due to sickness
  • An increase in staff retention as staff feel valued and are more engaged as a result of having more autonomy
  • A greater pool of talent is available to the employer resulting in hiring the best candidates for the job. The employer also becomes the employer of choice
  • A reduction in overheads resulting from less office space required for staff

Benefits to employees

  • An enhanced work life balance is created, whether its juggling the school run with doctors appointments along with making time for yourself to enjoy other things in life
  • Feeling more valued in the workplace by being given the autonomy to work in a way that suits the employee’s needs instead of just the employer
  • A reduction in stress and employee burnout as employees can take a break when needed
  • Cutting out the commute saves time and money along with possible childcare costs