Employers swamped by flexible hours requests

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Seven out of 10 employers have received at least one request from anemployee to change their working patterns since the law on flexible workingcame into effect one year ago. Since April 2003, employees with children under six have had a legal rightto request changes in their working hours or to ask to work from home. According to research by IRS Employment Review, 42 per cent of employersagreed to meet flexible working requests, while 54 per cent offered compromisearrangements to accommodate business needs. As evidence that the law was having an impact, the employers surveyed saidthat the new law was one of the main reasons they had introduced flexibleworking opportunities. IRS Employment Review managing editor Mark Crail said: “The first yearof the new legislation appears to have gone relatively smoothly. More thaneight in 10 employers have developed or will be developing guidelines in thenext 12 months. “This commitment to help get the policy right indicates that employersrecognise the benefits it can bring to an organisation.” Crail believes the challenge for employers over the next few years will bebalancing employee demands with business needs. “It is possible that more applicants will be unhappy with theoutcome,” he said. “Many employers now recognise that a policybringing perceived benefits to one section of the workforce, risks alienatingother employees. It is no surprise that so many – almost 80 per cent – want toextend rights to all employees to achieve a better work-life balance. Thesurvey’s findings reinforce the view that flexible working can no longer beseen simply as the ‘family-friendly’ option.” The research was based on a survey of 69 public and private sectororganisations. By Quentin Readewww.irsemploymentreview.com Employers swamped by flexible hours requestsOn 6 Apr 2004 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more