In recent times, the ability to have flexible working arrangements has become a highly valued benefit by employees. Technology that enables people to work from any place at any time. Employers who includes flexibility as part of their proposition, attract new employees, as well as retaining existing employees.
Types of Flexible Working Arrangements
Flexible working can look very different for each person depending on their personal and financial situation. Examples of types of flexible working options include:-
Informal Flexibility – Short term or occasional flexible working arrangements between employer and employee.
Flexible Working Hours – Working contracted hours in a flexible way. This means that your hours of work may vary, or that you might do your hours worked in a smaller time frame. An example of this is a compressed working week.
Flexible Rosters – Having the ability to request certain days or hours in order to fit in with other responsibilities outside of work.
Part Time – Reducing the numbers of days that you work in a week or the number of hours that you work each day.
Flexible Location – Working from another location e.g. from home or another office space on a regular basis as agreed with your employer.
Telecommuting – Do you need to work from an office at all? Is your role a role that you could do from anywhere. Telecommuting is a work arrangement where someone works from home or another location utilising technology – i.e. phone, internet and email.
Planned extended leave – Taking advantage of leave entitlements such as long service leave or parental leave.
Job Sharing – An situation where one or more people may share the same job. Both people are employed on a part-time basis.
Time Off in Lieu – Time off from work instead of overtime payments.
Freelance/Consulting – self-employed and provide a range of services but not linked in a particular company i.e. working from yourself.
Flexible working arrangements provide value to both you (by helping create a better balance between work and personal life) as well as for your employer (decreased absences, increase in morale and loyalty and job satisfaction).