Flexible Working

What Makes a Successful Home Worker? - Four Key Traits

Tim Stone | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Tech
Tim Stone

From the 30th June 2014 every employee was given the statutory right to request flexible working after 26 weeks of employment service. Before this, the right only applied to parents of children under the age of 17 (or 18 if the child was disabled) and certain carers. This flexibility has offered more of us the chance to work from home, and avoid the daily commute.

How to Manage Home Workers - Five Top Tips

Tim Stone | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Tech
Tim Stone

According to the Office of National Statistics, 4.2 million Brits work from home. That's 13.9% of the total UK working population and a half a million increase since 2007. This means that, as a manager, you're more likely than ever to be managing a geographically dispersed team.

Why Are Men More Likely To Get Approval for Flexible Working Than Women?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle

"Work to live, don't live to work" is a phrase often heard when trying to achieve that elusive work-life balance. But while more and more companies ar...

Telecommuting Top Tips: How to Ask Your Boss

Jayne Morris | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK
Jayne Morris

Successful change requires trust. If you can prove to your boss that flexi-working will enable you to be equally, if not more productive, then not only is it possible to have her support you in a new way of working, but you can also inspire others to follow your lead and become a catalyst for much-needed corporate change.

Flexible Working: Let's Make It Mainstream

Jayne Morris | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jayne Morris

A recent study by Robert Half UK, revealed that nearly a third of UK HR directors cite 'inability to balance personal and professional commitments' as the primary reason for employee burnout. Could the new UK government legislation offering flexible working rights for all help make a difference?

The Fragile Friday Feeling and Facebook Is Not Our Friend

Laurenne Chapman | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Laurenne Chapman

It's Friday of the week where one of the leading GPs in England, Professor Ashton, has recommended a 4 day week as beneficial for society, not just for our health and happiness. How do you feel today as the weekend's bright beauty stands ready to greet you with her benevolent, heart-warming smile?

Flexible Working: Do Estate Agents Care?

Michael Bruce | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK
Michael Bruce

The world is changing. People are changing. Ways of doing things and how we do them are changing. At Purplebricks we have made those changes. We are fully compliant with the new legal provisions and have made it our goal to offer all our people the flexibility never before seen in the industry...

There's Nothing New About Flexible Working - Common Sense Companies Have Been Doing It For Years!

Charlie Mullins | Posted 30.08.2014 | UK
Charlie Mullins

Businesses that refuse reasonable flexible working time requests from loyal employees are cutting their own throats; this has always been the case, and new laws giving all workers the right to ask for altered hours change nothing. Any employer with half a brain will treat such a request the same this week as they would any time in the past. To do anything else would be idiocy - it's just common sense.

11 Reasons You Should Ditch The Office Right Now

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Millions of Britons will now be able to get out of the office thanks to new government reforms allowing people to embrace "flexible working". This ...

Motherhood and Leadership: Do They Mix?

Neela Bettridge | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK
Neela Bettridge

Lack of support can leave women "faced with the feeling like they're not enough at either home or work" and prone to dropping out, says Chivers. "These are women who know they can deliver great things at work and raise happy, normal kids if only their and their partners' employers would trust them enough to crack on in flexible fashion."

Of Mobile Mothers and Flexible Fathers... Being More Than Just a 'Weekend Dad'

Duncan Higgins | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Duncan Higgins

With Father's Day just around the corner and cheesy cards flying off the shelves, many parents will be prompted to think about how much time they really spend with their children. A couple of hours each evening? A bit of quality time at the weekend?

Five Reasons Why Flexible Working Hours Can Be Good For Business

Diana Verde Nieto | Posted 10.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Diana Verde Nieto

While employers can refuse the request if it is considered detrimental to business interests - for example, it may incur extra staff costs - the right to appeal is also built into the guidelines and feedback is mandatory, giving employees the opportunity to demonstrate why their request should be granted. If organised properly, flexible working hours CAN be good for business.

Shoot and Score: Flexible Working and the World Cup

Tim Stone | Posted 09.08.2014 | UK Tech
Tim Stone

Flexible working provides the opportunity for employees to find a work-life balance that fits their day-to-day routine, including childcare responsibilities, hobbies or even an intense exercise training regime. But what about significant national events?

The Quest Against Stress

Patrick Watt | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Patrick Watt

We wouldn't train for a marathon for 12 hours a day as we know it's not physically good for us, so why do we do this to our brains? With the majority of people spending more time at work than with their family and friends, it is important for a worker's mindset that the right balance is created between work and life.

We Need More Women in Business

Meg Munn | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Politics
Meg Munn

It's not just that there is a 'moral case' for greater diversity in business. Capitalising on women's potential makes economic sense. Having more women on corporate boards has been shown to increase both the share price and the return on equity. It doesn't surprise me that the 2013 list of the world's most valuable brands showed companies with a greater than average proportion of female board members outperforms those with an all-male board. So why are women undervalued across the business spectrum?

Building the Future: Women in Construction

Meg Munn | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Politics
Meg Munn

It will not be a surprise to hear that the construction industry has some of the lowest numbers of women workers in any sector of the economy. With around 11% of the workforce, and as little as 1% of the manual trades, there is little concern in the industry and only modest attempts to change it. Do the low numbers of female workers in construction matter?

Tube Be, or Not Tube Be - How to Avoid the Travel Chaos During London's Transport Strike

Tim Stone | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK Tech
Tim Stone

The tube strikes have served to highlight the fact that the UK working population is crying out to be spared the daily commute. I feel lucky to work for an organisation where 100 percent of our employees are equipped with the technology to allow them to work remotely.

Making Flexible Working Work for You

Penny de Valk | Posted 26.04.2014 | 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 Great News For Business

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 28.04.2014 | UK

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

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.