Overview of a Flexible Working Policy
What is a Flexible Working Policy?
A Flexible Working Policy sets out a company’s position on flexible working arrangements and how its employees can apply for such an arrangement.
A Flexible Working Policy can help employees with family or caregiver responsibilities facilitate some of their requests within reasonable means. It also explains how the employee can apply for a flexible working arrangement. The policy should be used in conjunction with a Flexible Working Request.
Why is a Flexible Working Policy needed in an organization?
A Flexible Working Policy is very important to reduce stress and increase the productivity of the employees within an organization. There are several reasons why a lot of organizations are adapting to the norms of Flexible Working Policy.
For instance – It will help reduce the workload, increase productivity, and help to retain experienced employees for a longer period of time. – It also helps in decreasing absenteeism in an organization through flexible working hours and increases overall job satisfaction which leads to creativity and better stress handling. – It will also help an organization to reduce overhead costs and there is a positive impact on productivity.
What are the examples of Flexible Working Arrangements?
Different organizations have their own definition and arrangement for Flexible Working policies. The most common Flexible Working arrangements are:
Flexible time: Flexible Working time is an arrangement where an employee can work in a different time slot. For example, an employee may be working from 9 am to 6 pm daily last week and wants to change their time to 9 pm to 6 am. This will help an employee to work on their desired time slot.
Fewer working hours: Another example of flexible working arrangements is fewer working hours. Normally a full-time employee works for 40 hours in a week but there might be some cases where they are not able to work 40 hours per week so in such a situation a smaller number of working hours can help them do things parallelly.
Work from home/remote working: There might be situations where an employee would not be able to work from the office so in such a situation a work from home arrangement can help an organization as well as employees to get things done in time. Especially during this COVID-19 era a lot of organizations have already adopted a work from home policy to stay safe from the pandemic while continuing the work.
A Flexible Working Policy is designed to provide freedom to the employees while doing the work at home or doing it for a smaller number of hours. It will also help to increase job satisfaction which can lead to better productivity and overall growth of an organization.
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