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Managing flexible working arrangements

Posted on 15 March '16 by , under General News.

In a rapidly changing business environment, it is essential that owners of small businesses get flexible working schemes right. Today’s employees continue to look for more balance between their personal and work lives. While some employers may think this may have a negative effect on their business, flexible working arrangements have been shown to benefit both the employee and the business they work for.

Nonetheless, it remains the employer’s responsibility to address how flexible working arrangements can be implemented in their business so all employees remain happy and satisfied. Here are some suggestions as to how employers can manage flexible working within their company:

  • Get to know your employees

No two employees are the same, which means employers shouldn’t take the same approach to every situation. Some workers may need to modify their working hours due to parental commitments, and some others may be more proactive with work if they are allowed to work remotely due to travel time or mobility issues.

  • Implement a system for reviewing performances

If flexible working arrangements will see employees working more outside the office than inside, then it is vital for employers to keep communication consistent. Scheduling regular performance reviews and using a system to calculate work productivity can make employees more productive since they have measurable targets to aim for.

  • Recognise your legal obligations

Flexible working schemes are also an obligation under Fair Work Australia. Employers must recognise that there are statutory legal requirements that cover flexible working arrangements for people like parents, those living with a disability and those who are 55 years or age, or older. Therefore, employers need to have the latest updated legal documents, contracts and processes to ensure their business continues to work within legal requirements.