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A survey conducted by Harris Poll has revealed that the majority of workers remain unaware of new rules regarding the extension of flexible working requests.

Out of the 2,000 adults questioned as part of the survey, nearly three-quarters (73 per cent) of respondents said they were totally unaware of their right to request a more flexible working pattern.

The research also revealed that almost half (45 per cent) of 16 –24 year-olds were aware of the new rules, although this dropped to just 21 per cent of 35 – 44 year olds.

Flexible working extension

The new legislation, brought in by the Government on 30th June, extended the right to request to flexible working patterns to all workers who have been at their place of work for over 26 weeks.

Prior to the change, only workers with parental or caring responsibilities could make a request to work more flexibly in their role.

Of those who were aware of the new legislation, one-in-five employees (17 per cent) said they intended to submit a flexible working request. This number was greatest amongst 16 – 24 year-olds with 24 per cent of younger workers planning to make a request.

Flexible working brings benefits to both employees and organisations.

Employees commonly report that flexible working allows them to strike a better work / life balance and increases their morale at work. For organisations a happy workforce results in greater productivity levels and staff retention.

Web-based solutions

To facilitate the new regulations Auto Time Solutions is encouraging businesses to consider adopting time and attendance solutions which empower staff to manage their own working time and allow managers to gain a true insight into the work carried out by workers regardless of their location.

The latest solutions are web-based so workers can verify their attendance from any web-enabled device such as PCs, smartphones and tablets.

The data is automatically transferred into the software so that managers can gain an overview of staffing levels on demand.

Christian Berenger discusses time fraud in the July issue of PFM
Time & Attendance technology the key to flexible working benefits