Flexible working


Flexible working packages - for individuals

We offer advice and support at every step of the flexible working process from Anna who is a parent and HR Expert.

Please give us a call or email (Anna@hr-puzzle.com) for a FREE initial call to find out where you would like support, how we can help or more about the services we offer.Please give us a call or email (Anna@hr-puzzle.com) for a FREE initial call to find out where you would like support, how we can help or more about the services we offer.

We can help from where to start, an informal chat with your manager, what to put in the application, what to prepare for the meeting to discuss your application to if it goes wrong how to appeal what to say (and not to say) in the appeal hearing.

“Let’s talk about returning to work” we offer a one to one session on how to return to work after having a baby / becoming a parent. Points discussed include:

- When to go back to work after a period of leave
- What pattern would work best for you?
- Legally your rights as a new mother/father/parent at work
- Having returned to work- what now?

“Let’s talk about flexible working” we also offer a one to one session on an overview of all stages of flexible work. Points discussed include:

- Informal stage – what to talk about and to who
- The application
- The meeting
- The outcome of the meeting
- Appeal
- What now?  

You can also contact us for a one hour session whatever stage of the process you are at, this will include a follow up email.

We also offer a service where we review your flexible working application or appeal letter or write either for you.

Or we can hold a group session where we can come along and talk to you as a group on “how to return to work – flexibly”

Maybe you would like us to meet you at a local hangout for parents, a play café or pub? If you are interested in a group session just let us know.

Please contact us for a chat and how we can be of help, prices start from £25.

Flexible working packages - for employers


Package 1

One day’s work as a flexible working consultant – work would include creation of a “Family Friendly/ Modern Working policy”, which includes the different types of flexible working available and how to manage them effectively.

Package 2 

Package 1 plus 2 additional days’ work spent combining your existing policies (related to flexible working) checking these are up to date and relevant (if necessary) The documents would be combined into a flexible working toolkit, which would include how to support your employee’s wellbeing, employee engagement and managing work life balance, as well as how to support employees once they inform you they are pregnant and during maternity leave.

Package 3

Complete flexible working package to ensure you are a modern working exemplar.

6 days’ consultancy spent on the 3 key business processes that have an impact on becoming an exemplary modern working employer:

1. Recruitment – how to recruit flexibly and advice on where to advertise such roles to support securing the right candidates.

2. Training – For line managers. This is completed in collaboration with our partner ‘Gendering Change’

3. Policy – as with package 2

You would also receive up to 3 office visits, support with a business case, contact via phone and email.

4. How to create a flexible working forum - which includes sharing success stories, supporting those who work flexibly, mentoring and finding senior sponsorship.

As with all our services we always welcome discussions on how to provide a bespoke service that meets your needs – just give us a call!

Flexible Working, The Missing Piece In Your Business?

Flexible working is making some big waves in 2017 as a workplace trend, especially with the General Election coming up next week, will the new governing party take this forward? The opportunity to ramp up the need for more employers to recruit flexibly and accept more flexible working applications should be a key part of the Governments manifesto.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) has written its own Manifesto for work in 2017. One key point is “We call on the next government to: Lead and support efforts to create more flexible and inclusive workplaces, to help individuals who are disadvantaged in the labour market, for whatever reason, to access and progress in work.”

There needs to be some follow up since the legal change in 2014 when all employees were given the chance to request flexible working, (as long as they had the compulsory 26 weeks’ service with the employer). The change states you can request to work flexibly but that is where the legislation stops.

Flexible working isn’t just having more flexible starting and finishing times or home working but can also cover part time working, term time only working, school hour working days and job sharing to name a few.

I set up my business after struggling to find a flexible role, after I was made redundant when pregnant. From my own research, I found that generally HR roles are flexible for those who are returning from maternity leave. Flexibility for new roles though? No, that doesn’t seem to happen, even in the world of HR.

Flexible roles are like gold dust – when they do finally come up there is a lot of competition for them. Why not open such sought after roles, which highly skilled women (and men) are just waiting to go into?

Opening such roles not only demonstrate being a good employer who is willing to go that extra mile but it also enables the business to find some of the talent that is currently unused, create a competitive edge (internally and externally), increases diversity and also adds to the general economy.

More than 2/3rds of mothers would go back to work with flexible working. 2.6 million mothers are not currently working, which is currently compromising a whole host of skills/ experience. CIPD People Management, October 2016.

Continuing desire for a more flexible lifestyle surely means it’s only a matter of time before another legal change is bought in. Whether that is stricter legislation, changes around the appeal for flexible working requests (which are currently not statutory), or ensuring your business is flex friendly.

Why don’t you see how you can implement this alternative way of working and blaze a trail for flexible working in the UK. Change can always be tricky to implement, but its nearly always rewarding. Don’t have the time on where to start or know how? Then let us help you… HR Puzzle, the missing piece in your business.

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