2: Healthy workplaces for all ages
Flexible working time practices
Flexible working time practices can offer benefits to both the employer and the worker. For the employer, working hours can be tailored to meet organisational needs and reduce manpower during off-peak times, while for the worker, flexible working time arrangements can suit their work-life balance needs.
Particularly for workers of older age, flexible working time arrangements can offer a way to, for example, reconcile work, private and family life as they may have caring responsibilities, or to attend medical treatment in case of health problems. Failure to manage these pressures can cause significant stress and absenteeism.
Since 2014, all employees who have been employed with the same organisation for 26 weeks or longer are entitled to ask for flexible working which can include home working, part-time working, flexi-time, or shift work. The employer has to consider each request and have a sound business reason for rejecting any such requests.
Some examples of flexible working time practices to consider:
- Flexitime schemes, , , or job splitting can enable the worker to manage work-life balance;
- Part-time working has been found to be helpful in transition to retirement;
- arrangements (e.g. part-time retirement, combined pension and work); and
- Teleworking, working from home or at a base closer to home reduces travel stress and helps prevent fatigue and ensure sufficient recovery times.