Here I give you some standard information about your rights at work, which come in two forms:
• Statutory rights
• Contractual rights
Statutory rights are those imposed by government. UK law and contractual rights are those contained in your terms and conditions of employment. The most prominent of those statutory rights is the right to request flexible working.
My experience of flexible working requests are usually from employees looking to reduce their hours or change their shift patterns to give a better work life balance.
All employees who have worked for 6 months with the same employer are entitled to make a request (providing that they have not done so in the last 12 months).
But there are many examples of working more flexibly that in my experience, people forget.
For example, I am currently working from home and have been for the last 3 months. This is a clear ‘argument’ that this could be a more flexible way of working. An employee may also want to consider Part-time, term-time and working annualised hours.
If you want further information on your companies policy around flexible working practices, my advice is to check through your contract, offer letter, staff handbook (if you have one) and any HR policies that are in place.
If you are struggling to find the information you need, speak to your line manager or HR representative in the first instance.
For further advice try carers UK.org or gov.uk for flexible working guidance.