Hybrid working & flexible working requests
It must be an official thing, because ACAS has published guidance on hybrid working. It’s a fairly bland affair and adds to the vast quantity of government sponsored ‘guidance’ for employers on returning employees to the workplace.
It seems that new into our vocabulary is the ‘3:2 diet’ and the ‘2:3 diet’, which refer to days per week in the office and at home – the Times revealed that a YouGov poll suggests that only a fifth of employers will seek to return workers full time to the office, another fifth said they’d leave it to staff to decide and two thirds said hybrid working, for at least one day a week, would be the way forward.
The same article revealed that outsourcer Capita would allow 35,000 of its 55,000 staff to work at home most of the time; accountants PwC will regard homeworking as the norm when not with clients (though did expect 2 or 3 days in the office); Natwest said 9 out of 10 staff would work from home; and Very and Littlewoods and John Lewis are allowing head office staff to work at home, unless their jobs prevent them from doing so.
Most commentators are expecting a surge in flexible working requests and anecdotally many myHRdept clients and fellow B2B suppliers are reporting numerous conversations with staff about future working patterns.
Grant changes as temporary variations for now
Our advice remains to ensure that any changes agreed now are granted on a trial basis and captured in the form of a temporary variation to terms agreement. You can read our earlier article about that by clicking here.
If you need HR support with your plans to implement hybrid working, or simply to return to the office, you might consider asking myHRdept – our HR support services are assisting a number of firms to create policies bespoke to their needs. In most cases HR support for this purpose will be covered by the support hours we provide with every retained HR support package.