Flexible working being denied to many, despite law

Flexible working being denied to many, despite law

Flexible working has been lauded as being one of the most important trends in modern working practices, mainly driven by the use of trends such as bring your own device (BYOD), cloud computing and video conferencing.

There have been plenty of noticeable benefits for both companies and workers alike, including increased productivity and employee morale.

But despite the introduction of laws designed to encourage its adoption in workplaces across the country, it is still being denied to a large number of workers.

A recent survey published by Workingmums.co.uk suggests over a fifth of working mothers have been forced to leave their role due to having a flexible working request denied.

Adrian Lewis, commercial director at Activ Absence, said; “It seems that many companies are struggling to integrate flexible working into their businesses. Many smaller companies especially are declining requests and currently, there is no statutory right to appeal if a request is turned down.

“To successfully offer flexible working not only requires a great deal of trust, it involves good communication, processes and technology so people can operate as productivity and seamlessly as if they were in the office. Larger organisations tend to be better equipped to do this, whilst smaller companies find it challenging.”

Mr Lewis added companies needed greater visibility of when workers were available in order to ensure everything runs as smoothly as possible.

A robust system, Mr Lewis claims, is also needed as it helps to show everyone who is on holiday, sick or working at home and prevents unnecessary communication.