From today (Monday 30th June 2014), all employees will have the right to seek more flexible working – an option which almost nine million people want to explore, according to The Times.
This makes sense. In the age of the internet and mobile phones, there simply isn’t the need for all employees to be in the same office at the same time. And rising house prices are forcing people to commute further to work.
At a time of stagnant salaries and higher stress levels, one simple way for employers to reward loyal employees would be to cancel the daily grind of getting to the office for 9 am sharp.
While the new legislation grants workers the right to request flexible working, employers will be under no obligation to allow it. And it’s not just bastions of the long-hours culture like finance and the law that oppose more flexibility.
Ironically, a recent blast of scepticism came from the sector that has done so much to facilitate flexibility. Marissa Mayer, the Chief Executive of Yahoo, has banned employees from working from home.While admitting that people are more productive when they’re alone, she has said that “they’re more collaborative and innovative when they’re together. Some of the best ideas come from pulling two different ideas together.”
Those hoping to work from home and enjoy more of the current sunny weather may have a little longer to wait.