Flexible Working

Flexible Working

Deciding whether specific jobs are suitable for flexible working

No jobs should be automatically ruled out for flexible working and any flexible working policy should make this clear. Many businesses have successfully had senior posts operating on a job-share or part-time basis, and it is helpful to assume that all jobs can be done on a flexible basis unless there are very clear business reasons why this should not be so.

To ensure unfair or unlawful decisions are avoided, it is important that appropriate training is given to all managers involved in deciding whether jobs can be done on a flexible basis, and any concerns they may have about this should be discussed before the flexible working policy is finalised.

It can be helpful, when considering whether a particular job is suitable for flexible working, to use a structured job suitability questionnaire.

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