The government’s Flexible Working Taskforce has published new practical guidance which aims to help employers develop fair and sustainable hybrid working practices.
Representatives from a number of organisations, including the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, the Chartered Management Institute and the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), were involved in producing the guidance. In addition to considering the benefits of hybrid working, the guide offers advice on four key areas: people management; recruitment and induction; inclusion and fairness; and health, safety and wellbeing.
It provides a number of practical tips on how to successfully implement office-home working arrangements and encourages employers to engage constructively with staff, managers, trade unions and employee representatives throughout the process. The guidance also urges employers to train managers to manage hybrid teams effectively and support hybrid workers; undertake ongoing listening activities; and keep hybrid working policies under ongoing review.
Commenting on the new guidance, BCC Head of People Policy Jane Gratton said, “Flexible working makes good business sense and is increasingly becoming a standard part of staff benefit packages. This new guidance will help all employers to confidently implement and roll out hybrid working in a way that is fair and accessible to their workforce.”