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Flexible working can be very beneficial, especially if you have lifestyle commitments that mean you need to be in and out of work. Many employers are using flexible working now – to accommodate employee lifestyle choices and to increase staff morale. So what exactly is flexible working? And is it as good as an incentive as we think?

Flexible working usually means you can ‘make up’ working hours. For example, if you work a 9-5 job and your employer operates flexible working, you can work an hour early every day and use these extra hours to have Friday afternoon off. Similarly, if you have a doctor’s appointment during work time, you can attend and make up the time by staying late. Some companies also allow you to work from home one day a week so you save time and money commuting.

Flexible working does have a lot of advantages;

• You can fit your lifestyle in around your work

• There is less pressure to organise times for appointments outside of work

• It can incentivise you and therefore improve performance and career progression

If you attend a job interview you will probably know from the job description that it’s a flexible position. But if you are in a job that doesn’t offer it, your employer may change their policies in the future.

If flexible working sounds like something that will improve your concentration and dedication at work then arrange a meeting with your manager to talk through your options.

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