Publications - Balancing Work and Family Life - Annex 1

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Annex 1

Checklist for developing family friendly/flexible working arrangements in the workplace

1. Business

  • Examine the way in which your business operates
  • Could flexible work patterns enable the organisation to satisfy customer needs more effectively?

2. General

  • Ensure that the use of flexible work options is voluntary.
  • Allocate adequate resources to draw up and implement schemes.
  • Ensure careful planning and preparation
  • Learn from the experience of other organisations.
  • Allocate responsibility for maintaining an overview of the development of policies.
  • Acknowledge that developing more flexible work patterns will be a slow process, and is part of a wider cultural change.

3. Involvement

Obtain support throughout the organisation:

  • from all levels of management
  • from trade unions and employees representatives
  • from all staff

4. Support

Give support to managers in their policy implementation by providing:

  • training
  • written guidelines
  • a named contact for advice

5. Changing attitudes and perceptions

Encourage all staff to appreciate the benefits of flexible work patterns by:

  • Illustrating the business needs of flexible working
  • Advocating and supporting new ways of looking at the organisation of work
  • Providing real examples to show how flexible work patterns work in practice
  • Using managers to convince other managers of the benefits
  • Enabling the exchange of information between managers of flexible workers

6. Publicity and communication

Make sure everyone in the organisation (including maternity absentees and employment breakers) knows about the options and tell them about their availability.

7. Use:

  • Leaflets
  • Posters
  • Staff journals
  • Staff guidelines
  • Self-help groups

8. Monitoring and review

Keep up the momentum. See monitoring and review as part of a continuous process of developing flexible work options.

Source: NWW (1993a).


Chapter One: Background and Introduction
Chapter Two: What are Family Friendly Working Arrangements?
Chapter Three: Why Work Flexibly?
Chapter Four: How Much Working is Flexible
Chapter Five: Changing Policy Perspectives
Chapter Six: Legal Perspectives
Chapter Seven: Workplace Perspectives
Chapter Eight: Key Issues and Challenges
Annex One Checklist for developing family friendly/flexible working arrangements in the workplace

Last modified:07/11/2008

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