Govt extends flexible working rights to all employees

Govt extends flexible working rights to all employees

From today (June 30th) every employee in the UK has the right to request flexitime, job sharing or working from home.

This move will see around 20 million people with the option of putting in a flexible working request that will be considered “in a reasonable manner” by employers. 

The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills is expecting the extension of flexible working rights to be particularly of interest to older workers nearing retirement, as well as to younger people who are looking for extra training while they work. 

Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg commented: "Modern businesses know that flexible working boosts productivity and staff morale, and helps them keep their top talent so that they can grow.

"It's about time we brought working practices bang up-to-date with the needs, and choices, of our modern families."

This increase in flexible working and working from home means that businesses need to invest in the technology that will allow them to do this without compromising their data security.

Many people who work from home will be accessing confidential company information on their own devices, and it is essential that IT departments put a strong BYOD policy in place in order to ensure this is done safely. 

Recent research from Ovum found that one in three companies are still failing to grasp the concept of BYOD.

It revealed that approximately 30 to 35 per cent of BYOD is invisible to IT departments, leaving staff free to set their own rules for using their personal devices for work purposes. 

Speaking at a Samsung event, Adrian Drury, consulting director at Ovum, commented: "Employees are finding ways to do it whether IT knows about it or not.

"Really what we are seeing is enterprise multi-screening in exactly the same way as we see multi-screening in the home. We are seeing multi-screening in the workplace [because] people just want to use the right screen at the right time to get the job done."