Acas has published advice to help employers who are considering whether hybrid working could be an option for their workplace and, if so, how to fairly introduce it.
Hybrid working, Acas explains, is a type of flexible working where staff split their time between working remotely, possibly from home, and in their employer’s workplace.
Acas Chief Executive, Susan Clews, said: “Hybrid working is an option that many businesses are currently considering as the restrictions ease. Our new advice published today can help employers look at whether it can work for them with some practical tips on how to introduce it.”
The new advice has been developed in consultation with Acas Council and the government Flexible Working Taskforce, a partnership across business, unions, government departments and other groups to share best practice.
It includes tips for employers on how to:
- consult widely with staff to discuss practical considerations around introducing hybrid working;
- consider whether it would work for certain roles and is suitable for their organisation;
- create a hybrid working policy; and
- handle staff requests for hybrid working.
“Many employers have had to quickly adapt to new flexible ways of working due to the pandemic,” Ms Clews noted, “and it has caused a rethink in how organisations could work differently in the future.”
This style of working, whilst more widespread in recent times, is not a new concept.
Many organisations worldwide have had to adapt to remote working styles given the nature of some roles.
This, along with the coronavirus restrictions forcing homeworking on the majority of businesses, has likely made employers realise that it is not impossible to implement and that putting the right steps in place will mitigate barriers to effective remote collaborations.