Flexible working – is it becoming an “entitlement”?

Flexible working – is it becoming an “entitlement”?

Technology has accelerated the ability for flexible working. Thanks to laptops, smart phones, telecommunications equipment and other developments, people can constantly be online whether they are working from a traditional office or remotely. Mary Bonsor, former property litigator and founder of legal start-up F-LEX, writes on whether flexible working is becoming an entitlement.

Not only has technology revolutionised the way we work, it has also changed the attitude towards flexible work, with employees feeling entitled to flexibility.

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In the UK, 4.2 million people work from home, that is 13.7% of employment and this is continuing to increase with more demand. This “entitlement” seems to arise because every other aspect of our lives is becoming more and more flexible, at the click of a button, whether it is house swapping on Airbnb, renting a desk in a co working space, or swiping right on tinder; the ability to pick and choose from an array of choices is now the norm.

The combination of technology and flexibility within the workplace has an immense amount of benefit; it can reduce overheads, increase

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