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ACAS publishes new advice on hybrid working

Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton

ACAS has published advice for employers on how to consider, discuss and introduce hybrid working. Hybrid working can help businesses attract and retain staff as well as increase productivity. Hybrid working is a type of flexible working where staff split their time between working remotely and in their employer’s workplace.

Acas commissioned YouGov to ask British businesses about changes to working practices that they are expecting once the COVID-19 pandemic is over compared to before the pandemic.

Acas Chief Executive, Susan Clews, said

“Many employers have had to quickly adapt to new flexible ways of working due to the pandemic and it has caused a rethink in how organisations could work differently in the future.

“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 advice includes tips for employers on how to:

  • Consult widely with staff to discuss practical considerations around introducing it;
  • 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.

Employees can benefit by saving costs and the time spent travelling to work as well as enjoying a better work life balance.

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