As we transition into the post-pandemic world, one trend has emerged more robustly than others: flexible working. As of April 6, 2024, the UK government will introduce new regulations to support this shift, granting employees the right to request flexible work arrangements from their first day of employment.
The vast majority of organisations have already implemented hybrid working models and a large proportion have formal policies in place. As such, in light of these widespread changes, all organisations must understand and adapt to what the shift towards hybrid working entails. As flexible working becomes the new norm, let’s delve into what the upcoming changes mean for businesses.
The Employment Relations (Flexible Working) Act 2023 has emerged as a prominent subject of discussion in the evolving professional landscape. The Act, which recently gained royal assent in the United Kingdom, is causing ripples in HR circles, and professionals on LinkedIn are preoccupied with this development. The enthusiasm stems from the anticipation of millions of UK employees gaining the ability to manage their work hours and locations in unprecedented ways, following the government’s fervent spotlighting of this development.
The concept of a hybrid workspace, adeptly combining remote and in-office work, has become increasingly popular now that organisations have experienced the benefits of flexible work arrangements during the pandemic. As many companies shy away from fully remote working and navigate this terrain, it becomes crucial to prioritise fair remuneration for all employees, fostering a supportive working atmosphere that cultivates both employee satisfaction and loyalty.