While flexible working is increasingly common in office-based environments, in other workplaces it’s a different story. Current estimates suggest that there are around 5.5m employees in shift-based roles for whom a predictable flexible working pattern is just not an option.
The issue is that, in certain sectors, overcoming the operational barriers to flexible working is extremely challenging. But if we don’t take action, there is a serious risk that we will end up with a two-tier system of flexible working. And it will be people with crucial everyday frontline jobs, such as nurses, teachers and retail assistants, who get left behind.
The Timewise Innovation Unit has been created to break down these barriers and ensure that Good Flexible Work is available to all. It takes a practical approach, researching, piloting and testing radical solutions that work for both employers and employees, and have flexibility built in.
The work of the Innovation Unit is being supported by Aviva, Barclays, EY and Trust for London. Our thanks also go to the members of our Advisory Board:
Gavin Kelly, CEO, Resolution Trust
Campbell Robb, CEO, Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Adam Marshall, Director General, British Chambers of Commerce
Helen Dickinson, CEO, British Retail Consortium
Austin Taylor-Laybourn, Grants Manager, Trust for London
Mandy Coalter, Director of People, United Learning
Gaby Hinsliff, Journalist
Sam White and Will MacDonald, Group Sustainability and Public Policy Director, Aviva
Sally Bucknell, Director, Diversity and Inclusion, EY
Kirstie Mackey, Head of Citizenship and Consumer Affairs, Barclays
Nicola Smith and Alice Hood, Head of Equalities and Strategy, TUC
Katerina Rudiger, Chief Community Officer, CIPD
Professor Clare Kelliher, Professor of Work and Organisation, Cranfield University
Professor Tracey Warren, School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Nottingham
If you would like to get involved, either as a funder or a collaborator, please contact Emma Stewart on 020 7633 4552 or email email@example.com