What is flexible working?

Flexible working means different things to different people, and some organisations use other words to describe it (with agile working being the most common). So if you’re looking to incorporate flexibility into your workplace, it’s worth being clear about what it means to you.

Types of flexible working: part-time, home-working, flexi-time, term-time, job-share, compressed hoursAt Timewise, we use the term ‘flexible working’ to cover any kind of job that offers flexibility in where, when or in how much time the work is done. We also believe that flexible roles should be quality, permanent ones which benefit employers and employees alike. So we don’t include zero hours or temping contracts.

However, truly flexible jobs don’t just happen by accident; to be successful, they need to be approached thoughtfully, designed creatively, and built into the company culture. Our expert consultancy team are experienced in all aspects of innovative job design, and would be happy to help you maximise the benefits of flexible working for your organisation.

Here’s a summary of the different factors that can be considered when designing flexible roles:

Flexing WHERE

  • Working from home, either for part or all of the working week
  • Working across different offices
  • Mobile working from a variety of locations

Flexing WHEN

  • Flexible start or finish times
  • Annualised flexibility (such as term time only)
  • Compressed hours (a full working week in fewer, longer days)
  • Project-based work
  • Shift work

Flexing HOW MUCH

  • Part-time work
  • Job sharing or job splitting
  • Unpaid leave

To find out more about how we can help you with flexible job design, email natalie.gill@timewise.co.uk or call Natalie on 020 7633 4451.