What are the Different Types of Flexible Working?

June 3, 2015

What are the Different Types of Flexible Working?Did you know that according to UK law, if your employees have worked for your company for a minimum period of time, then they may have the legal right to request a flexible working arrangement?

Now, that doesn’t mean you have to give them one … but you do have to give their request some serious consideration. And why shouldn’t you? If you can come to an arrangement that suits both your schedule and theirs, then what’s the problem? Happy people are productive people, after all!

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So what are the types of flexible working? We’ve listed some of the most common ones below:

Types of Flexible Working

Working from Home

Modern technology means we can collaborate with our colleagues no matter where in the world we are. Plus, not every business actually needs to have employees physically ‘there’ in order to do their job. So if commuting to the office every day is causing strain on an employee’s schedule, then offering a work-from-home arrangement could be the perfect answer.

Compressed Hours

This simply involves doing fewer shifts that last longer – for example, instead of doing eight hours a day for 5 days a week, an employee might prefer ten hours a day with a three day weekend.


Flexitime basically allows your employees to start and finish at whatever time suits them best. Common rules that companies apply to flexitime, are that employees must complete a set number of hours per day/week/month/year, and that they must be at work during business-critical ‘core hours’.

Staggered Hours

So, what if an employee has a school run to do at 3… but the team’s normal break time is at 3:30? Staggered hours are very simple arrangements that essentially allow an employee to work to different start/break/finish times than other employees.

Job Sharing

Some companies use ‘job sharing’ as a flexible working arrangement. This involves giving one job to two people, and then having them split the hours/tasks between themselves.

What Types of Flexible Working do YOU Offer?

For more information about flexible working laws in the UK, you can visit the government’s website here.

We’d love to hear how you handle flexible working at your company. Let us know in the comments below!


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