There’s a wealth of surveys and polling showing dads want flexible working. So how do you go about making it happen?
There’s increasing agreement that flexible working is set to be a big trend in the 2020s. Whether that’s from industry experts who can see which way the wind is blowing or surveys that find huge swathes of working dads desperate for a work pattern that fits with their family commitments.
A lottery winner even recently made it his number one wish now he’s rich rather than the traditional big house and a fast car!
But if that’s you how do you go about making it happen? John Baird, of Scotland Debt Solutions explains the basics around your rights and how to make a flexible working application.
Traditional employment is typically associated with strict working hours, fixed shifts and a lack of flexibility around working style. Legally speaking, an employee can submit a flexible working request, not just if you’re a carer or parent. Flexible working can vary to include an adjustment in working hours, working days and the designated location from which you carry out your work. There are guidelines you must meet to be eligible for flexible working and there is a set way in which your employer should deal with the request, including consideration of the ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) code of practice.
There are several forms of flexible working which could open the doors to a more reasonable way of working when having other commitments in life, such as health and caring for children or dependents.
Working as a self-employed professional, freelancer or sole trader can allow for the flexibility and freedom to tailor each detail of your working life. This style of working allows you to be your own boss; however, the income structure can be volatile which is a common hurdle experienced by the self-employed.
On the other hand, busting the myth that traditional employment is a rigid 9-5 way of working, we take you through what a flexible working request is, eligibility, submitting an application and next steps if your request has been rejected.
You are eligible to apply for flexible working if you meet the following criteria:
As an employee, if you want to request a change in your shifts or how you work, a flexible working request may be the answer. Here are some of the ways you can work flexibly:
If you meet the criteria listed above, your employer must take your request for flexible working into serious consideration. Here are the next steps your employer should take:
If your flexible working request has been refused, you have the right to appeal. If you can’t work this out informally, submit a formal written request for appeal detailing your reason(s) for appeal and your intended outcome. And if you feel that your appeal has not been handled correctly, you can lodge a formal complaint or apply to take the matter to an employment tribunal.
As a working dad, you may desire to explore your flexible working options to better plan your routine around your child or children, adjusting the way you work to make sure you never miss any of memorable moments; from the school pick-ups, the all-important summer plays and the dreaded poetry readings. Speak to your employer or your HR department to further discuss your flexible working rights and any other internal initiatives you should be aware of.
Scotland Debt Solutions is a personal debt solution for Scots struggling from personal debt. John is an experienced debt adviser, providing a range of solutions such as Trust Deeds and Debt Arrangement Schemes.