“Managers need to reframe what a productive day in the office looks like”

Written by Jamie Oliver Wednesday 24 April 2024
Working habits are still in flux – and these managers have some top tips to share about both the perils and possibilities of hybrid working
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“It is a signal that this is the new normal,” says Tony Mulcahy, assistant director at the Department for Business and Trade. He’s talking about the new right for employees to request flexible working from their first day in a job, rather than having to wait 26 weeks. 

“The idea is to normalise flexible working and make clear that it is a right, rather than something you earn,” he adds. 

While giving clarity to employees and employers, the policy also has broader aims, Tony says.

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“Flexible working is second only to salary in terms of encouraging people back into work,” he says, “so there is a wider economic case for encouraging flexible working.”

More top tips below – including the need for ‘digital travel time’


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