Nowadays there is a growing demand for more flexible work arrangements. Working part time, staggering start and finish times, teleworking, taking extended leave, staging retirement or phasing a return from leave—all these and more are finding their way into workplaces.
Flexible working in simple word refers to a working schedule that is different from normal working hours. It means that instead of your daily 9 to 5 working hours, can involve changes and variations. An employee can decide when they have to work and also their own place of work.
The reason flexibility and adaptability are so important now is due to the need that organizations have to be competitive. Maintaining a competitive position in the market place is difficult today for many reasons that include the use of new and improved technology that improves productivity, the increasing number of potential competitors due to the emerging global economy, and due to the difficulty in “changing organizations” and in keeping employees skills “relevant” for the times.
The importance of work-life balance: In today’s life, work-life balance is very important to keep a stress less life.Examples of responsibilities away from work might include:
• care commitments involving children or elderly relatives
• Education commitments that limit availability at times of the week/month/year
• Duties and/or interests outside of work
A poor balance between an employee’s work commitments and their other responsibilities can lead to stress, high absence, and low productivity.
Advantages of flexible working
2.More variety in work
3.Better work/life balance
4. Multiple income streams can spread financial risk
5. More choice of working locations and styles
6.Relative freedom from organizational politics
7.More choice over taking time off
8.Less time spent commuting
9.Ability to develop multiple or alternative career paths
Getting a work-life balance
Flexibility in your working life can impact your personal life. While you may have more flexibility to take time off or adjust your working patterns, you may also find it difficult to turn down work and this can impact on your free time. Flexible workers may find the concept of work-life blend more fitting than work-life balance. Flexible work allows you to ‘blend’ your personal interests and personal life with your working life, allowing you to get more out of your time.
How to apply for flexible working
If you are interested in applying for flexible working you should check if you have a statutory right to apply as this will involve following a set procedure. You should also check whether your employer has a flexible working policy as this may offer additional guidance.
In general, you should:
1.Apply well in advance as the process can take several months;
2.Consider your preferred option(s) and be prepared to negotiate if necessary;
3.Anticipate any concerns your employer may have and prepare to answer these;
4.Identify examples of similar organizations or roles where flexible working has been introduced successfully;
5.Consider talking to colleagues who may be able to provide advice and support, particularly if they have previously applied for flexible working;
6.Consider an informal conversation with your line-manager or with HR before you make a formal application;
The different types of flexible working
There are many different forms of flexible working. Flexible working can cover the way our working hours are organized during the day, week or year.
Flextime: It can operate in different ways depending on business need. At starting there may be a system to allow employees to build up additional hours, which can be used to leave early, come in late, or take long periods off, with approval from line management.
Part-time work: Part-time work is the most common type of flexible working. It provides works when your client has some work. You can choose your own working hours and the place where you want to work.
Job sharing: Job sharing is a form of part-time working where two (or more) people share the responsibility for a full-time job. They divide their work and also share the benefits and pay. They can choose their own working hours.
In today’ busy schedule every person wants to live a comfortable stress-free life. So it is very necessary to maintain a good work-family relation. You have to give each their required time. If any imbalance occurs then it will directly affect you. That’s why companies providing all the opportunities to their employee so that they won’t face any problem.