The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has unveiled a suite of resources aimed at assisting people professionals in implementing the new flexible working legislation.

This move helps ensure that flexible arrangements benefit both employees and employers alike.

With the introduction of the new legislation on 6th April 2024, British employees now have the statutory right to request flexible working from the first day of a new job. The initiative, championed by the #Flexfrom1st campaign and spearheaded by the UK Government’s Flexible Working Taskforce, marks a significant step towards fostering workplace equality and inclusivity. Peter Cheese, Chief Executive of the CIPD and co-chair of the taskforce, emphasises the importance of promoting flexible working opportunities to all employees, underscoring its positive impact on workforce diversity and productivity.

Empowering People Professionals

People professionals are poised to play a pivotal role in facilitating the transition to flexible working arrangements. The CIPD’s resources offer practical guidance to support employers in navigating flexible working requests and harnessing the potential of flexible working cultures. Claire McCartney, Senior Policy Adviser at the CIPD, highlights the diverse nature of flexibility, encompassing remote and hybrid working, part-time hours, job sharing, and more. By embracing a variety of flexible arrangements, organisations can cultivate inclusive and productive workplaces that cater to the needs of both employees and businesses.

Peter Cheese emphasises the transformative power of the new legislation in fostering constructive dialogue around flexible working practices. By normalising discussions about flexibility from the outset of employment, employers can create environments that foster collaboration, innovation, and employee well-being. The CIPD’s resources aim to equip people professionals with the tools and knowledge needed to facilitate these conversations effectively, ultimately leading to more agile and resilient workplaces.

The CIPD’s commitment to championing flexible working reflects a broader movement towards creating more adaptable and inclusive work environments, setting a precedent for organisations worldwide to embrace the benefits of flexible working cultures.