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Flexible
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Flexible working practices are a defined pattern of working that differ from a traditional nine to five. A more flexible approach to the hours that employees work enable employers to retain valued and skilled staff, for example women returning from maternity leave; allows employers to provide customers with extended service(24hr) and allows work-life balance for employees. Flexible working practices may also attract employees. Many employees interviewed in a recent survey reported that they could compete better for positions if they were offered greater flexibility in working hours(IES, 1997).

Examples of flexible working patterns:

Part-time work Job Share
Teleworking• Flexi-time
• Sabbaticals• Compressed week

Useful Organisations:
Industrial Society, 48 Bryanston Square London W1H 7LN, Tel: 020 7479 2000 WWW: http://www.indsoc.co.uk
New Ways to Work, 22-25 Northumberland Avenue, London WC2N 5AP, Tel: 020 7930 3355, Fax: 020 7930 3366, E-mail: [email protected], WWW: http://www.new-ways.co.uk
Opportunity Now, 44 Baker Street, London W1M 1DH, Tel: 020 7224 1600, E-mail: [email protected], WWW: http://www.opportunitynow.org.uk

Parents at Work, 45 Beech Street, London WC2Y 8AD, Tel: 020 7628 3565, Fax: 020 7628 3591, Email: [email protected]

 
References:
Institute for Employment Studies. Who Cares? The Business Benefits of Carer-Friendly Practices. Brighton: IES, 1997.
Further Reading:
Dex S & Scheibl F. Business Performance and Family Friendly Policies. Journal of General Management 1999; 24(4): 22-37. Investigates the business benefits that can result from adopting family-friendly policies…
New Ways to Work. Changing Places: A Manager’s Guide to Working from Home. London: New Ways to Work, 1996. Covers key issues and provides practical information and case studies.
New Ways to Work. Balanced Lives: Changing Work Patterns for Men. London: New Ways to Work, 2000. Views and experiences of men who are working reduced and flexible hours, taking career breaks and working from home.
Parents at Work, Family Friendly Packs: practical guides to family friendly practices for busy employers. London: Parents at Work. Three packs available: Flexible Working, Leave & Childcare. Guides for employers to choosing and implementing family friendly policies.

Allan A, Daniels L. Part-Time Workers. London: IPD, 1999. Contains information and case studies with a focus on the practicalities of implementing policies for part-time staff in both small and large companies

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