In the most recent episode of My Pocket Psych’, Pilar and I started a discussion about flexible working.
I say ‘started’, as we really only scratched the surface of this massive topic!
(And a full admission: this episode was recorded during the peak of the UK’s recent heatwave and I had gone several night’s without enough sleep. It definitely shows, but I promise to be brighter and perkier on our next recording!)
Our main focus was on exploring some of the different ways flexible working arrangements can take form in organisations, dispelling a few myths along the way. Flexibility can refer to the time when work is done, the location where work takes place or even flexibility about the person doing the work (e.g. job shares).
We also discussed the key things to bear in mind about flexible working, from the perspectives of employee, their manager and the organisation as a whole. Basically, trust is a major factor, as is the need to bear in mind the individual needs of the employees whose flexible working arrangements take them ‘off campus’ regularly.
I know we’ll definitely return to this topic – particularly when it comes to home-working – as it’s a passion of mine. So if you have any questions or comments about this area, please do get in touch.
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Further reading and resources:
We reference the CIPD factsheet on flexible working, with you can find here: https://www.cipd.co.uk/knowledge/fundamentals/relations/flexible-working/factsheet
You can find out all about the PsychFlex 101 taster event in London scheduled for September 19th via the Eventbrite page: http://worklifepsych.eventbrite.com