Flexible Working

Making Flexible Working Work for You

Penny de Valk | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK
Penny de Valk

Despite regular reports that flexible workers are more productive and committed, the practice is still regularly presented as one of the biggest issues in the workplace, with managers too often looking at it as a problem to be solved rather than as a problem solving tool.

8 Reasons The Tube Strikes Are FANTASTIC For Business

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK

London's tube strike may frustrate thousands of Londoners, but there is an upside from Bob Crow and the RMT's decision to bring the London Underground...

Careers and Carers: Would Some Stay at Home Mums Prefer to Work?

Vidhya Alakeson | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK
Vidhya Alakeson

Despite significant investment in childcare over the last decade, two thirds of mums still find the high cost of childcare to be a barrier to work. For those who are in work, a lack of employer flexibility can also get in the way.

London Commuters Want Bosses to Offer Flexible Working as Rail Fares Rise Again

Andrew Millard | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK Tech
Andrew Millard

Here's an alarming statistic for you: more than one in five commuters say rising fares are leading to them considering looking for work outside of London according to a OnePoll survey of over 500 London workers. This would be a disaster for the Capital's business scene. Can you imagine losing more than 20 per cent of your workforce to rising commuter costs?

Has Your Boss Embraced the Flexible Working Revolution?

Duncan Higgins | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK Tech
Duncan Higgins

'Flexible working' is a buzz-word that appears on many a job description, but in most cases what companies really mean is flexi-time: letting staff clock on and off at times that suit their needs. Whilst working more convenient hours has enabled many an office worker to dispatch a child to school or wait in for a parcel, it's really only a small part of truly flexible working.

4G: The Future of Flexible Working

Jonathan Kini | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Tech
Jonathan Kini

At a macro level, 4G Britain estimates that 125,000 jobs will be safeguarded or created in the UK between now and 2015 and that it will add 0.5% to UK GDP by 2020. For individual businesses, 4G can provide a real competitive edge no matter how crowded their industry.

Breaking Down Communications Barriers at Home and Abroad

Tim Stone | Posted 23.12.2013 | UK Tech
Tim Stone

When you start embracing video technology, you'll see how it helps to defy distance and break down cultural barriers to improve productivity. In order to take full advantage of this, you'll want to follow some quick and easy tips for appearing professional on camera.

Acting Alpha: The Journey Towards True Diversity Still Has a Way to Go

Ann Pickering | Posted 25.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ann Pickering

Having a truly diverse workforce isn't just about what's proper and fair, it also makes complete business sense. All business need to do more to show employees that it is their individuality that is valued, not their ability to mirror the behaviour of someone else.

London Is Crowded Enough as It Is - And HS2 Won't Help Matters

Tim Stone | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK Politics
Tim Stone

The capital is a crowded city as it stands - anyone who has travelled on the Northern Line during rush hour can attest to that. But we have bigger problems than being squished into tube carriages like sardines. It's not a pretty situation above ground either.

Flexible Working's Not Just for Females

Donna Miller | Posted 16.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Donna Miller

It is not just women who might need flexibility in how they work. This applies equally to both genders. It's about giving people the ability to cope with the changing and often unpredictable demands that are placed upon them.

Keep Cool and Carry On

Andrew Millard | Posted 22.09.2013 | UK
Andrew Millard

To avoid disruption to day-to-day operations and ensure workers don't have to endure further travel misery on sweltering trains and packed motorways, there is a compelling argument for equipping them with remote access and web conferencing technologies that will help them remain productive even if they cannot get into work.

A Better Way of Working

Jeroen Hoencamp | Posted 20.09.2013 | UK
Jeroen Hoencamp

Better ways of working would save the average employee five productive hours a week, which works out, in average salary terms, to around £4,200 per employee per year. Employers would also save £650 per employee on the cost of the desk space they occupy, and £100 on printing. The country as a whole would gain £6.9billion year in working hours gained.

Untapped Talent: How Family-Friendly Employment Practices Help Women Fulfil Their Potential

Ann McKechin | Posted 19.08.2013 | UK Politics
Ann McKechin

Equality is a good in itself but, as the committee's report says, ensuring that women have the opportunity to realise their maximum potential is as much an economic argument as one about equality. That should be enough to convince all sides that change is needed.

Tackling Digital Discrimination

James E. Stevenson | Posted 24.06.2013 | UK Tech
James E. Stevenson

The way we work is changing. The days of sitting at a desk for the standard 9-5 are slowly ebbing away. Once considered to be the most efficient way to measure the value of an employee's output, many jobs no longer require individuals to be office bound.

Turning Desks Into Dosh

Peter Boucher | Posted 15.06.2013 | UK
Peter Boucher

Flexible working - working at times and locations that suit both the individual and the company - is nothing new. But many companies are still uncertain about taking the plunge and adopting such new ways of working, especially without being able to prove the benefits.

Time for Fresh Thinking on Diversity

Andrew H. Harding | Posted 10.06.2013 | UK
Andrew H. Harding

The Cranfield Female FTSE board report published this week - the annual benchmarking report and update to Lord Davies about the number of women on boards - should give chief executives, chairmen and executive search firms pause for thought.

The Office or the Home? What About Everywhere Else?

Scott Dodds | Posted 14.05.2013 | UK Tech
Scott Dodds

The point missed by many, is that flexible working is about far more than simply choosing between the office and the home. It isn't a case of "either one or the other" and it is possible to do both. A blinkered approach could be why some remain blind to the opportunities flexible working presents.

Pregnant Women Face Discrimination At Work

PA | Posted 13.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Maternity discrimination is a growing problem in the workplace, with employers' attitudes "hardening" against pregnant women, according to new researc...

Can You Define Success?

Shaheen Sayed | Posted 08.05.2013 | UK
Shaheen Sayed

It's that time of year again - International Women's Day. The time when people around the world take a step back to consider the position of women today, how far we've come and how far we've still got to go.

In Defence of Flexible Working: The Fuzzy-Slippered Rebuttal

Monica Parker | Posted 30.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Monica Parker

A culture of "presenteesim", the old-fashioned notion that to be productive you must be physically present in the office, is one of the most counterproductive, uncreative, and costly management approaches in practice.

Treating People Right: The Living Wage Is About More Than Money

Charlie Mowat | Posted 27.04.2013 | UK
Charlie Mowat

Treating employees with dignity and respect is not just good for people, it's good for business. Research shows that workers are more productive when they're happier,

Applying the Sharing Economy By Renting Professionals' Time - Who Needs Fast Cars and Music?

Simon Harper | Posted 23.04.2013 | UK
Simon Harper

As more of us start to assess what we really value in our working lives we may find that the sharing economy opens up more options for our own working lives too, as portfolio working and 'renting time' become increasingly mainstream.

Parliamentary Job-Sharing: A Marginal Solution to a Major Problem?

Ruth Fox | Posted 21.04.2013 | UK Politics
Ruth Fox

Who votes on what, when, and why: what if one half of the job share turns out to be a rebel in disguise whilst the other is a party loyalist to the core?

Patterns of Part-Time Work Across Government Reveals Patchy Strategy

Ann McKechin | Posted 13.04.2013 | UK Politics
Ann McKechin

There is still a stigma that you just aren't serious about your career if you want to work part-time or flexibly. This is part of the reason why women struggle to progress to the top of the civil service. The hidden bias against women who need to work flexibly following their maternity period, for example, leads to a gradual reduction in the number of women as they rise up the ladder of seniority.

Your Day, Your Way: Personalising Your Career From Your Own Home

Tim Stone | Posted 05.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Tim Stone

So how can you make the move from office worker to flexible worker as smooth as possible? First of all, some basic advice: you need to make sure your working environment is as hospitable for productivity as possible.