Download Your Free Resource: Request for Flexible Working Arrangements

 

In recent months, there has been a noticeable surge in employees expressing a desire to work from home more frequently. Employees are increasingly valuing the benefits of reduced commuting, improved work-life balance, and the ability to create a more comfortable and personalised work environment at home.

The law concerning responding to flexible working requests changed significantly on 6 June 2023. This flowchart will guide you through the process you need to follow when you receive a flexible working request from this date onwards.

Simply fill in the following form and access your free compliance checklist.

 

Simply fill in the following form and access your Free Resource: Request for Flexible Working Arrangements.

Download Your Free Resource: Request for Flexible Working Arrangements

 

In recent months, there has been a noticeable surge in employees expressing a desire to work from home more frequently. Employees are increasingly valuing the benefits of reduced commuting, improved work-life balance, and the ability to create a more comfortable and personalised work environment at home.

The law concerning responding to flexible working requests changed significantly on 6 June 2023. This flowchart will guide you through the process you need to follow when you receive a flexible working request from this date onwards.

Simply fill in the following form and access your free compliance checklist.

Simply fill in the following form and access your Free Resource: Request for Flexible Working Arrangements

The benefits of a remote-first workplace

Performance Management Plan

A remote-first workplace, where remote work is the default mode of operation, offers several compelling benefits to both employees and employers, with one of the most notable being how it provides a substantial boost to work-life balance. Employees have the flexibility to design their work environment and schedules to suit their individual needs, leading to reduced commuting time and costs, which can enhance overall well-being. This flexibility can also accommodate personal commitments and responsibilities, creating a happier and more motivated workforce.

Remote-first work environments can extend the geographical boundaries for talent acquisition. Employers can tap into a broader talent pool, irrespective of location, and attract top talent without the constraints of proximity to a physical office. This diversity in talent not only enhances innovation but also brings a variety of perspectives and experiences to the organisation.

From an operational perspective, remote-first work models often result in reduced overhead costs, such as office space, utilities, and maintenance. This can lead to significant savings for businesses.

The benefits of a remote-first workplace

Performance Management Plan

A remote-first workplace, where remote work is the default mode of operation, offers several compelling benefits to both employees and employers, with one of the most notable being how it provides a substantial boost to work-life balance. Employees have the flexibility to design their work environment and schedules to suit their individual needs, leading to reduced commuting time and costs, which can enhance overall well-being. This flexibility can also accommodate personal commitments and responsibilities, creating a happier and more motivated workforce.

Remote-first work environments can extend the geographical boundaries for talent acquisition. Employers can tap into a broader talent pool, irrespective of location, and attract top talent without the constraints of proximity to a physical office. This diversity in talent not only enhances innovation but also brings a variety of perspectives and experiences to the organisation.

From an operational perspective, remote-first work models often result in reduced overhead costs, such as office space, utilities, and maintenance. This can lead to significant savings for businesses.

Need More Help?

 

All advice is general in nature, but we know every business is unique in its needs.

For advice specific to your situation, please get in touch with one of our HR advisors.

 

Our team at HR Connect are able to offer unlimited workplace advice in real-time. If you need any assistance with payroll processing, employment contracts, Modern Awards, enterprise agreements, workplace advice or require access to our full HR document library, contact us to speak with one of our HR advisors.

Need More Help?

 

All advice is general in nature, but we know every business is unique in its needs.

For advice specific to your situation, please get in touch with one of our HR advisors.

 

Our team at HR Connect are able to offer unlimited workplace advice in real-time. If you need any assistance with payroll processing, employment contracts, Modern Awards, enterprise agreements, workplace advice or require access to our full HR document library, contact us to speak with one of our HR advisors.

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FAQs

 

Questions?
We have answers.

How do I handle an employee's request for flexible working hours?

Assess the feasibility and impact on business operations, and engage in a constructive conversation with the employee to explore possible solutions, balancing their needs with those of the organisation.

What are the potential benefits for my business in granting flexible working arrangements?

Flexible arrangements can improve employee morale, productivity, and retention, while also enabling access to a broader talent pool and potentially reducing overhead costs associated with office space.

How can I maintain team cohesion and productivity when employees work remotely or on different schedules?

Establish clear communication channels, set performance expectations, and leverage collaboration tools to ensure that remote or flexibly scheduled employees remain connected and accountable.

s there a standard policy or framework for managing flexible work requests?

While there may not be a one-size-fits-all policy, it’s advisable to create a flexible work policy that outlines the process for requesting and implementing such arrangements, while ensuring consistency and fairness.

What if I have concerns about the impact of flexible work arrangements on business outcomes?

Discuss your concerns with the employee and explore trial periods or intermittent assessments to gauge the impact on performance and adjust as necessary, maintaining an open and adaptable approach.

Download your Free Resource: Request for Flexible Working Arrangements

Download your Free Resource: Request for Flexible Working Arrangements