Everything you need to know about Flexible Working

What is Flexible Working?
Flexible working is a change to the standard full time working hours, allowing you to work from home and alternate start/finish times to suit your lifestyle and needs. Leaving the office early, waking up late, working from the local Starbucks and even choosing what hours you want to work, flexible working hours is the chance to choose what suits you and benefits your work-life balance.
Types of Flexible Working
There are many different types of flexible working and it is important that you know the difference between them before deciding which one suits you better.
You choose when to start and finish work, but work through certain ‘core hours’ during the day. For example, from 8 am until 4 pm.
Work fewer hours during the week compared to your other colleagues. This is usually done by only working certain days of the week.
Work From Home
Instead of commuting to the office, do your work from your own home. This can be done full-time or just on certain days.
Compressed Hours
Work your usual full-time hours, but over fewer days during the work week.
Annualised Hours
Work a certain number of hours over the year, but have flexibility over when you do them.
Can I request flexible working hours?
You have a legal right to request flexible working hours if you;

Have worked for your current employer for at least 26 weeks
Haven’t made a work from home request in the past 12 months
Are legally classed as an employee

If you meet the three requirements above, your employer MUST look at your request fairly and decide within 3 months.
Even if you don’t meet the three legal requirements, a lot of employers are willing to make flexible working arrangements.
Benefits of flexible working
Benefits for Employees
For employees, the list of benefits for remote working is endless. It gives staff members the chance to be able to alter their working hours to suit their needs.
Improved Work-life balance
Flexible working offers you the chance to be able to balance personal life commitments with work demands. Set working hours can restrict your personal life, but flexible working can allow you to work hours that suit you.
Less time commuting
Another huge benefit of flexible working is that you can spend less time commuting. Nobody likes waiting at the train station in the cold or being stuck in traffic on the motorway. The time you would usually spend commuting can be used to pick up the kids from school, go to the gym or even have an extra hour in bed.
Increased Job Satisfaction
Being able to manage your own time and having more ownership over projects can help to boost your confidence and become more satisfied with your job. Who doesn’t want a job where...