Flexible working – an option for you?

Think flexible working means part-time hours? Time for a rethink. In the current job market there are many ways of working flexibly, including options that can really make it possible for you to combine paid work with other priorities, whether they be parenting, research, caring or other activities. So here’s a quick update on how people are putting flexible working into practice:

  • Compressed hours – Work full-time hours over a reduced number of days e.g. a 35 hour week over four days.
  • Annualised hours – Average out your working time across the year so that you work a set number of hours per year rather than per week.
  • Job share – Share the duties and responsibilities of a full-time position with another worker. For example, two employees may share one teaching position.
  • Flexitime – Work standard core hours, but vary your start, finish and break times each day.

Can flexible workers have successful careers? The answer is ‘Yes’. Research amongst several major UK employers* found that managers of flexible workers reported that there was either a positive impact or no impact on individual performance.

What’s more, changes in legislation over the last few years mean that more people now have the right to request flexible working patterns. So maybe you can have your cake and time to eat it too!

Find out more:

  • Flexible working arrangements:


  • *Flexible Working and Performance’ research conducted by Cranfield University School of Management and Working Families 2008:




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