What does the new Flexible Working Regulations mean for business owners?

What does the new Flexible Working Regulations mean for business owners?

What does the new Flexible Working Regulations mean for business owners?

The new Flexible Working (Amendment) Regulations introduced in April 2024 has given employees a greater say in when, where and how they work.

Employees can now have a day one right to make a flexible working request.

So, what does this mean for business owners?

Laura Reilly, an HR expert and owner of Taurus HR Solutions, says “A great place to start is to embrace a shift in workplace dynamics and the change in attitudes towards flexible working. Managed well, flexible working can bring significant advantages to your business and your employees.

“Research has shown that individuals who work flexibly are often highly committed, experience increased job satisfaction and are happier, healthier and less stressed.

“By finding a balance that works for everyone, employers can unlock greater performance, enjoy increased productivity and see a drop in absence levels.

“Additionally, they can greatly enhance their talent management strategy and attract a more diverse pool of candidates.”

She continued, “However, we understand the importance of finding a harmonious balance so flexible working also works well on your terms. It is crucial that any agreed flexible working arrangements do not disrupt client services or your end-users and that strategies are well planned to help maintain excellent levels of client satisfaction.

“Businesses should focus on building a culture of trust, autonomy and support, where emphasis is placed on employees’ output and results, rather than solely on hours worked or their physical location. Adopting this approach can foster a healthy balance between productivity and wellbeing.”

Laura also emphasises, “Flexible working is nothing new, but it is also no longer a nice-to-have. Instead, it’s a must-have for organisations aiming to attract and retain top talent.

“Implementing a well-structured, flexible working policy can lead to increased employee engagement, higher retention rates and a more diverse and inclusive workplace. Ultimately, this could be a win-win situation for you as a business and your employees.

“My team and I are ready to work with you to build a flexible working culture that brings significant benefits to both you and your employees – and some remarkable outcomes.”

Business owners can arrange a free 15-minute consultation by visiting www.taurushr.co.uk

Taurus HR Solutions was formed in 2022 and outsources a full range of HR services to local businesses, as well as a number of learning and development courses.

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