Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Flexible working regulation plans are a ‘symbolic, not systemic’ response to changing working habits, says East Midlands Chamber

Commenting on new plans announced by the Government to give every employee the right to request flexible working, East Midlands Chamber director of resources and HR lead Lucy Robinson said: “We know the way in which we work has undergone a monumental shift over the past 18 months and there is no doubt that, for people who are able to work from home, there is a continuing appetite to do so even as restrictions ease.

“Many businesses we represent have also identified significant benefits from flexible and agile working, including increased productivity, happier employees, reduced overheads and a wider labour pool to choose from.

“These companies are already exploring and implementing permanent changes to workplace policies in which staff will enjoy greater flexibility – without the need for Government intervention.

“However, what is also apparent from many office-based businesses is that there is no substitute for the office. When used effectively, it’s a creative environment where colleagues can come together to collaborate and generate new ideas, while for junior members of staff entering the workforce, they learn from their more senior colleagues.

“It’s also important to recognise that not every business is able to offer remote working practices, such as those in hospitality, retail, manufacturing, construction, engineering and tourism. These industries have already had to adapt their business models in other ways to meet changing customer and consumer demand.

“These proposals therefore feel like a symbolic, rather than systemic, response from the Government to changes in working habits.”

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