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How Your SME Can Embrace Flexible Working

As the landscape of modern employment shifts, businesses across the UK are adapting to new flexible working laws. Here at MOMENTUM Business Support, we have always championed flexibility, recognising its profound impact on both employees and employers alike. As these changes become official, it’s crucial for SMEs to understand the benefits and implement policies that foster a dynamic, productive workplace.

Understanding the New Flexible Working Laws

From April 6, 2024, significant changes to flexible working legislation came into effect, granting all employees—not just parents and carers—the right to request flexible working from their first day of employment. Employees can now make two statutory requests per year, with employers required to respond within two months. This shift promotes a more inclusive, balanced work environment where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.

The Benefits of Flexibility

Flexible working is not merely a legal obligation; it offers substantial advantages for businesses. According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), flexible working can enhance recruitment, retention, productivity, and employee satisfaction. For SMEs, this means attracting top talent and reducing turnover costs, all while fostering a more engaged workforce.

MOMENTUM’s Commitment to Flexibility

At MOMENTUM Business Support, flexibility is in our DNA. We believe that accommodating diverse working patterns is key to nurturing a better workforce. By offering a range of flexible working arrangements, we empower our team to balance their professional and personal lives effectively. This approach has proven invaluable in retaining experienced staff and enhancing overall productivity.

Steps to Support Flexible Working

For SMEs looking to implement flexible working, here are some actionable steps:

  1. Policy Development: Establish clear policies that outline the types of flexible working available and the process for requesting them.
  2. Training for Managers: Equip managers with the skills to handle flexible working requests reasonably and fairly.
  3. Employee Consultation: Engage with your team to understand their needs and preferences.
  4. Promote Awareness: Use resources such as the “Happy to Talk Flexible Working” logo to signal your commitment to flexibility in job adverts.

The shift towards flexible working is a positive change for both businesses and employees. At MOMENTUM Business Support, we are proud to have been ahead of the curve, advocating for and implementing flexible working practices long before these laws came into effect.

For more information on flexible working and its benefits, visit the UK Government’s Help to Grow campaign website here.

If you would like to find out more about how our flexible, back-office support can help your SME grow, then please get in touch. We would love to hear from you!

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