Let’s get f******* working!
Flexible. There, we’ve said it.
68 percent of us want to ask for flexible working. Yet only 12% have. So why the self-censorship?
Is it because flexible working is seen as a parent-only perk, allowing mums and dads to slink off early?
Perhaps it’s because any deviation from 9-5 results in a chorus of “part-timer” catcalls?
Could it be because ‘working from home’ rarely comes without the quotation marks?
While we’re speaking freely, let’s get something straight.
Flexible working is as good for businesses as it is for employees
It makes people more productive
It helps to attract the best talent – and keep them
It can cut staffing costs and overheads
So why the flex does our government define flexible working as
“a way of working that suits an employee’s needs, e.g having flexible start and finish times, or working from home.”
Hang on a minute. How about what’s in it for the employer?
It’s been 3 years since the ‘right to request’ flexible working came into law – but culturally we’re not buying it. We have to shift from seeing flexible working as an employee perk to a mutual back-scratching arrangement. And we’re going to start by putting pressure on the government to redefine it – officially.
It’s a really important step towards valuing flexible working for what it really is and ultimately a happier, healthier workforce.
So please sign our petition to clean up the F word. 10,000 signatures guarantees us a government response. 100,000 will spark a debate in parliament.
And if you want flexible working for whatever reason – like working around the school run, a passion or just your own body-clock – don’t bite your tongue. Dare to say the F word – it could do you, and your boss, a whole lot of good.