With further restrictions being eased in Northern Ireland this week, the public are being cautiously optimistic that phrases such as ‘lockdown’ and ‘the new normal’ will soon be a thing of the past. Despite over 12 months of home confinement, some individuals are not quite ready to give up working in their slippers for a return to the office full-time. The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic continues to affect workplaces across the country, with some employers and employees alike keen to explore options other than a return to the 9-5 office working.
As a result, agile working is expected to become more common, with several large organisations within Northern Ireland already confirming that employees will have the option to work from home full-time if they wish to do so.
What does ‘agile working’ mean?
The term ‘agile working’ refers to employees who will retain the position they held prior to Covid-19 with the only difference being that they will no longer be required to attend the office on a daily basis. Instead, due to the advances of technology, employees can work from a location of their choice.
The majority of workplaces dealt with the effects of working from home remarkably better than had been anticipated, and the option of agile working would allow employers and employees alike to manage everyday working life with the sometimes unexpected personal interruptions.
For employers who wish to avail of this new method of working, it is important to implement a clear and concise policy to ensure that both the business needs of the workplace and those of the individual are met to a satisfactory degree.
If you are minded to put an agile working policy in place for your business, please get in touch with a member of our employment team today on 02890329801.