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Comprehensive Support for Employers: Creating Flexible Working Arrangements

Empowering Employers: Guidance, Compliance, and Solutions for a Thriving Workplace

Flexible Working Arrangements in the workplace

The below guide is aimed at employers and managers, detailing the advantages of employing modern approaches to flexible working arrangements, including:


  • Implementing modern approaches
  • Understanding flexible working arrangements
  • Complying with legal requirements
  • Supporting modern strategies for flexible working arrangements
  • A checklist for modern approaches
  • Links and resources
  • Practical advice and case studies for transitioning to contemporary methods.

Implementing Modern Approaches

In recent years, changes to work arrangements have occurred as more employees have started working from home, altering rosters, work hours, or responsibilities. As workers return to traditional workplaces, some may seek continued or added flexibility to reduce commuting, manage health, and accommodate family or other commitments. Modern employers are encouraged to offer this flexibility where possible.

Benefits of Modern Approaches

Modernising your workplace through flexible working arrangements can lead to:

  • Increased job satisfaction
  • Reduced stress
  • Less absenteeism
  • Growth in productivity
  • Ability to attract and retain talented staff.

Flexible Working Arrangements

A range of options are available for employers and employees to negotiate, all aiming to foster a healthier balance between work and life.


Legal Requirements

Employers must be aware of legal entitlements related to flexible working arrangements, catering to specific personal circumstances.


Responding to a Request

The process for responding to requests includes:

  • Considering the request
  • Discussing with the employee
  • Providing a written response within 21 days
  • Detailing if the request is approved or denied, and explaining any refusal
  • Refusing a request only on reasonable business grounds.


Supporting Flexible Working Arrangements

Transitioning to a modern approach will depend on your specific workplace context, but the following guidance can help:

  1. Develop a Policy: Construct a policy that is clear and fair, reflecting legal obligations, business necessities, and the perspectives of employees.
  2. Train Managers and Employees: Invest in training that promotes a deep understanding and acceptance of flexible work.
  3. Create a Supportive Culture: A supportive and family-friendly culture will allow employees to feel secure and open in discussing their needs.
  4. Invest in Technology: Technology is a crucial component of enabling flexible work, requiring strategic investments to manage remote teams effectively.

Contact IR Advocates for Assistance

While this guide provides good resources for understanding and implementing flexible working arrangements, it may not be exhaustive for all situations. If you need more specific assistance or are facing disputes related to flexible working arrangements, please don’t hesitate to contact IR Advocates. Our experienced team specialises in assisting employers with these requests and can guide you through the process to ensure a fair and effective outcome.

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