Why your firm should embrace flexible working

Why your firm should embrace flexible working

Flexible working has become increasingly popular over the last couple of decades, driven by a trifecta of technological advances, cultural shifts and legislative changes. According to recent analysis, around half the working population of the UK wants flexibility in their working hours or location. Although the media often portrays the flexible worker as a tech-savvy entrepreneur conducting business on their laptop from their local coffee bar, the reality of flexible working has a far wider scope which already permeates the fabric of most forward-thinking law firms.

Legislation responding to social changes

Legislation introduced in June 2014 has furnished employees (with at least 26 weeks employment service) with the right to request flexible. Although it’s easy for employers to reject most requests, this legislative move has indicated a paradigm shift away from a 9 to 5 working culture towards a more flexible inclusive attitude. Aside from the “stick” of flexible working legislation, there is also a “carrot” for employers who adapt work patterns to suit the lives of their employees, in the form of greater staff retention and a more loyal wor

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About the author:
Alex Heshmaty is a legal copywriter and journalist with a particular interest in legal technology. He runs Legal Words, a legal copywriting and marketing agency based in Bristol.