Checklist for developing family friendly/flexible working arrangements in the workplace
- Examine the way in which your business operates
- Could flexible work patterns enable the organisation to satisfy customer needs more effectively?
- Ensure that the use of flexible work options is voluntary.
- Allocate adequate resources to draw up and implement schemes.
- Ensure careful planning and preparation
- Learn from the experience of other organisations.
- Allocate responsibility for maintaining an overview of the development of policies.
- Acknowledge that developing more flexible work patterns will be a slow process, and is part of a wider cultural change.
Obtain support throughout the organisation:
- from all levels of management
- from trade unions and employees representatives
- from all staff
Give support to managers in their policy implementation by providing:
- written guidelines
- a named contact for advice
5. Changing attitudes and perceptions
Encourage all staff to appreciate the benefits of flexible work patterns by:
- Illustrating the business needs of flexible working
- Advocating and supporting new ways of looking at the organisation of work
- Providing real examples to show how flexible work patterns work in practice
- Using managers to convince other managers of the benefits
- Enabling the exchange of information between managers of flexible workers
6. Publicity and communication
Make sure everyone in the organisation (including maternity absentees and employment breakers) knows about the options and tell them about their availability.
- Staff journals
- Staff guidelines
- Self-help groups
8. Monitoring and review
Keep up the momentum. See monitoring and review as part of a continuous process of developing flexible work options.
Source: NWW (1993a).
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