CIPP Quick Poll results: Do you think flexible working should be a day one right?

28 October 2021

On 23 September 2021, the Department for Business, Energy and Industry Strategy (BEIS) released a consultation asking if flexible working should be the default. This topic will have implications on the payroll profession by way of processes, even though flexible working is traditionally under the HR remit.

The CIPP put out a Quick Poll to our members to ask if they thought that flexible working should be a day one right. The majority think that it should be a day one right, with 57% of the votes, however, a still significant 34% think it should not be. 9% were unsure.

With employee wellbeing being more of a focus in many companies, flexible working is here to stay. Companies who fail to adopt flexible working may find recruitment more difficult as workers value this benefit more now than ever before.

It may feel counterintuitive to allow changes to contracts on the first day, but these potential changes highlight that flexible working should be discussed during the onboarding process. This allows better employee engagement and wellbeing as part of company culture.

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