Flexible Working Policy

The development of this Flexible Working policy is an important initiative in our ambition to create and sustain a world class working environment for all our staff that is fit for the 21st Century.

The evidence suggests that flexible working delivers mutual benefits including a more positive work life balance, a means of managing stress, improvements to performance and productivity as well as a way of attracting talent to the workplace. In addition, it delivers greater equality and diversity as people feel empowered to manage their workload around other non-work responsibilities that might otherwise have restricted their career choices and progression. The University acknowledges the mutual benefits of flexible working and is committed to developing an enabling culture where a healthy work-life balance is the norm and where employees are empowered to work in an agile manner to do their best work.

While it is true that flexible working arrangements may not be appropriate for all roles, all managers should feel enabled to consider the options in an open-minded, creative way. Flexible working practices work best when they are agreed in partnership as a two-way arrangement and this framework should support any  discussions held on flexible working.