For starters then, what is flexible working?
Flexible working (also known as agile working) is a hugely broad term that simply means any pattern of work that is different from the traditional office-based ‘working 9 to 5’, in the wise words of Dolly Parton. Flexible working isn’t new, but since the pandemic, flexible working roles have been on the rise.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, some companies preferred these flexible working practices which enabled employees to choose where and when to work based on what suited their own needs. Yet, to many businesses, flexible and remote working was a strange concept.
But why is this all happening?
The COVID-19 pandemic has meant businesses must adapt to social distancing measures. Since the Government demands that everyone who can work from home should, there has been a great deal of debate on the future landscape of work.
Many companies are now re-thinking their practices towards the long-term adoption of agile working and we’re here to break down how this could impact you in your future career.
What sort of flexible working could I do?
There are plenty of flexible working options out there, and many are becoming increasingly common, for instance:
Depending on which apprenticeship (or job role in general) you choose some of these may be more widespread than others.
What advantages can flexible working have for me?
Where applied, many organisations and their workers have embraced the move to flexible or home working. We all love being able to drink copious mugs of tea without judgement after all.
Here are some reasons why employees embraced the move to flexible working:
So what disadvantages are there?
However, for some working from home may not fit their working preferences:
Who is offering flexible working?
There are loads of organisations, both big and small, who’ve been practicing agile working for some time and the number of businesses turning to flexible work only continues to expand. PwC’s recent survey even found that 69% of the companies asked expected around two-thirds of their workforce to work from home at least once a week in the future.
Recently, Unilever has announced that their employees will never return to the office for a five-day week. Instead, they’re adopting a hybrid form of work. Similarly, many other organisations, such as Facebook, are adopting remote hiring and a blended attitude to work. Clearly agile working is here to stay even after the pandemic eases.
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