Information for staff and managers about requesting temporary or permanent changes to working patterns
Overview of flexible working
A flexible working arrangement is a variation to the standard full-time working pattern in your department. Flexible working might involve reducing your working hours or just working them to a different pattern.
Examples of flexible working include:
- part-time working
- staggered working hours which may include an early or late start or finish, or allowing a long break in the middle of the day
- term-time only working
- working from home
- compressed hours (for example, working a '9-day fortnight' where the full-time hours for 10 working days are worked over 9 longer days)
Employees may request a temporary or a permanent change to their working hours.
Applications for flexible working can be made either informally, by agreement between employee and line manager, or through the formal ‘flexible working scheme’.
Applications are subject to approval by line managers.
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