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New employment legislation will mean that from Monday 30th June 2014 all employees who have worked consecutively for 26 weeks at their workplace can request flexible working arrangements, a right currently restricted to parents of young children or carers.

In light of the extension of flexible working requests, Christian Berenger, Business Development Director at Auto Time Solutions is urging employers to consider how the introduction of new flexible working patterns will impact their business and to evaluate their current management systems.

He says “Advances in time and attendance technology mean businesses can react to individual requests quickly and confidently introduce new working patterns according to a person’s individual needs.

“The latest systems can instantly monitor attendance data against staff schedules and project tasks so managers can gain instant visibility of their workforce and monitor staff productivity, control labour costs and maintain business output from any location.

“Time and attendance systems benefit staff and employers equally, by empowering staff to take control of their working time.  Self-service functions enable employees to manage their own working time from any location, and record specific activities that they have been working on during a given period. This helps workers to focus on their productivity as well as building trust between employees and their employer.”

Many organisations still lack the time and attendance technology needed to fully exploit the benefits of introducing flexible working patterns and have yet to implement management systems that can maximise the benefits of flexible working and manage new requests with fairness, transparency and consistency.

Effective management of flexible working patterns is critical in ensuring that new working arrangements achieve the desired business benefits.   Popular methods of flexible working include flexi-time, annualised hours, compressed hours, job-sharing, hot-desking and working from home.

“An over-reliance on manual timesheets can have a negative impact on the bottom line as they are open to errors which can greatly inflate labour costs.”

Employers benefit through reduced absence rates, greater retention of key talent and increased morale amongst workers.

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