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Is Flexible working here to stay?

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Is Flexible working here to stay?

Flexible working may be of particular benefit to many disabled workers who need to manage their work, home lives and disabilities. For other disabled it may be transportation which is difficult. A more flexible work culture could now be a major consideration for many disabled workers when choosing their next job.

Talented disabled workers will want to choose to work for companies that are more flexible about their working practices and a flexible work culture is now a consideration for most disabled workers when choosing a job.

The Covid pandemic highlighted that flexible working can be a win-win situation for both disabled workers and employers and allowed disabled people to balance their work, home lives and disability.

For employers promoting disability equality at work leads to improved recruitment and retention of workers and flexible working practices may include ‘remote working’, ‘flexi-time’, and ‘part-time’ work as well as ‘job sharing’, ‘annualised hours’, ‘term-time only working’, ‘compressed hours’ and mutually-agreed ‘predictable hours’.

The pandemic has significantly changed the approach of flexible working with attention focusing on the needs and experience of the employee. As well as ensuring that disabled workers have access to flexible working, employers need to ensure that flexible working benefits their disabled employees in helping them balance their work, home and disability needs.

Studies have shown that nine out of ten employees who were obliged to worked from home during the pandemic want to spend at least some of the time working remotely, with only one in 25 preferring to work from full time from a workplace environment.

However, it is important that employers respond to this demand and that new flexible working practices are implemented fairly addressing additional challenges that maybe faced by disabled workers. Flexible working shouldn’t come at the cost of reduced pay, one-sided ‘zero hour contracts’ or being forced to work from home as the result of money saving office closures, when the preference is to work in the workplace.

Employers would need to consider;..

The government has recognised the need for a change in employment law in its 2019 manifesto to make flexible working the norm and hopefully will introduce its long-awaited ‘Employment Bill’ outlining and strengthen workers rights in respect to flexible working before too long.

Disabled Workers Co-operative
June 2022


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