Avoiding The Office

So you want to cut down on the number of hours you’re spending at the office without taking a pay cut? Time to talk to your boss about flexible working, which basically means any working pattern adapted to suit your needs.

Sounds good? It’s a humane, modern and increasingly popular way of doing business. As well as relieving that Groundhog Day feeling there are business arguments in favour of it – here are a few from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills:

Should you decide to broach the subject there are lots of ways to re-jig the 9 to 5 - including home working, which is basing yourself at home and using technology such as teleconferencing to communicate with colleagues; “flexi time” which allows you to choose when to work (obviously there's usually a core period during which you have to work); annualised hours where your hours are worked out over a year (often set shifts with you deciding when to work the other hours); compressed hours meaning working your agreed hours over fewer days; staggered hours where there are different starting, break and finishing times for employees in the same workplace; and job sharing where people share a job designed for one person with someone else.

Anyone can of course ask for flexible working, and employees with caring responsibilities towards a child, spouse or relative have a legal right to have their request taken seriously by their employer – meaning an employer has to agree to it unless there are good business reasons for not doing so.

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Simon Moxon is founder and CEO of Meetupcall. A life-long geek turned entrepreneur currently having fun growing Meetupcall into a proper company.

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