“Agile working is a way of working in which an organisation empowers its people to work where, when and how they choose – with maximum flexibility and minimum constraints – to optimise their performance and to do their best work”
Legal Implications of Agile Working
· Record it – either in a new contract or a letter
· Consider a trial period
· Reserve the right to revert back
· Consider expenses – who pays for what
· Consider confidential information, IT and data protection
· Does your lone working policy cover agile working environments and consider the risks
· Train your staff so they can make the right choices about what work/tasks to do and where
· Reinforce good practices
What is the difference between flexible and agile working?
Flexible Working is used in the context of flexible working hours (Flexitime) – a way of working that suits an employee’s needs, e.g. having flexible start and finish times, or working from home.
Agile Working is used to describe people who are not working at the same desk, day in day out – so hot desking, remote working and optimised spaces to give maximum flexibility and boost performance.
Some stats to put it into context!
· 58% of people believe that working away from the office would help them become more motivated
· 45% of people surveyed spend over an hour commuting a day
· 79% believe working flexibly would make them more productive
· 56% of people believe managers need to adapt their skills to manage a remote workforce