Flexible working helps more people access the labour market and stay in work, as more people are increasingly thinking differently about how, when and where they work. Quality flexible working can help organisations attract talent, improve employee job satisfaction and loyalty, reduce absenteeism and improve well-being. It can makes businesses more responsive to change.

The people profession has a key role to play in unlocking the full benefits of flexible and agile working. By effectively embedding, monitoring and evaluating flexible working provisions, we can improve work and working lives.

This is why CIPD is championing flexible working as part of its main agenda in 2019. The 2018 CIPD HR practices in Ireland survey revealed that while organisations in Ireland are offering a range of flexible work arrangements to improve employees’ work-life balance, part time (81%), temporary working (77%), flexible working (74%) and remote working (60%) are the options most offered.  

However, in terms of flexible work practices relative to working time, only one-third (36%) of organisations indicated that they actively or very actively engage in this work practice with over half (54%) of those who offer remote working indicating that it is offered on limited basis.

This hub provides a number of resources produced by both the CIPD and the Flexible Working Task Force in UK to help you understand the benefits of flexible working and increase the opportunities available in your organisation. While this report is based on UK, the findings and issues identified are similar with those found in Ireland especially in terms of uptake. 

To increase uptake, CIPD is encouraging employers to advertise jobs as flexible by using the strapline ‘Happy to Talk Flexible Working’ in their job advertisements, regardless of level or pay grade.

Download the report and guidance below:

Surveys

HR practices in Ireland

Our research gives key insights into what is happening in HR in Ireland today, and how the profession is responding to a changing and challenging workplace

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