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Increasing sustainability by making flexible work, work. Malcolm Boswell 20 th April 2012 mboswell@acas.org.uk. Smarter working – getting the right result. The benefits. Types of smarter working. Moving to smarter working. Legal considerations.

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Increasing sustainability by making flexible work, work.

Malcolm Boswell 20th April 2012

mboswell@acas.org.uk

smarter working getting the right result
Smarter working – getting the right result.
  • The benefits.
  • Types of smarter working.
  • Moving to smarter working.
  • Legal considerations.
  • The disadvantages.
the benefits of smarter working
The benefits of smarter working.
  • Reduced accommodation footprint.
  • Less travel to work.
  • Less travel at peak times.
  • Improved work-life balance.
  • A wider selection pool.
which results in
Which results in:
  • More engaged workforce.
  • Employer of choice.
  • Improved Health and Wellbeing
  • Reduced absence and labour turnover
  • GREATER PRODUCTIVITY AT LOWER COST.
types of smarter working
Types of smarter working
  • Smarter working is not new!
  • Flexi time.
  • Compressed hours/annualised hours.
  • Remote working.
  • Home working.
moving to smarter working
Moving to smarter working.
  • Is it for you?
  • Assess the cost benefits – be realistic.
  • Think outside the box.
  • Take advantage of new technology.
  • Communication and employee involvement are key.
moving to smarter working1
Moving to smarter working.
  • Sell the benefits – address the fears
  • Secure buy in from managers and employees.
  • Consult and be flexible.
  • Buy in the change – stagger the change
  • Communicate, consult and keep voluntary.
legal considerations
Legal considerations.
  • Information and Consultation requirements.
  • Redundancy - Sec 188 Notices
  • Change of contract – constructive dismissal
  • Collective implications.
  • Direct or indirect discrimination.
  • Transfer Regs – variation of contract
legal considerations1
Legal considerations.

> Health and Safety.

> Negligence – Duty of Care/Confidentiality.

> Working Time Regulations.

> Tax implications.

the disadvantages
The disadvantages.
  • It is not a no cost option – legal implications.
  • IT capacity – start up and ongoing support.
  • Two tier workforce can cause resentment.
  • Office based workers deal with enquiries.
  • Effect on absence procedures.
the disadvantages1
The disadvantages.
  • Performance management.
  • Bringing individuals back in – a two way issue.
  • Isolation – stress related issues.
  • Knowledge exchange/Social networking.
  • Dampens desire for progression/development.
and finally
and finally
  • Not all people are suited to working from home.
  • Not all homes are suitable to work from.
  • We trust those we can monitor the least.
  • Seek advice before you act.
  • Needs commitment from the top.
seek advice
Seek advice.
  • Local Acas Adviser
  • www.acas.org.uk
  • Helpline: 08457 47 47 47
  • Smarter Working Initiative
  • Employers Associations etc.