All employees have a statutory right to request flexible working. But companies – such as Black & Veatch – that are serious about improving diversity and inclusion go beyond this, so that managers regard flexible working as a natural and positive option and employees don’t feel that a request will be held against them. Black & Veatch recognises many challenges, especially for those working on-site, but where possible it is open to giving all employeeschoices in the way they work. As a result, flexible working patterns are widespread amongthe company’s employees and are seen as a key benefit. What is more, Black & Veatch believes that flexible working should not be seen as a barrier to progression and that those with flexible arrangements should have every opportunity to pursue interesting and challenging careers.
Why is this important?
Opening an organisation to flexible working and creating a culture of trust around thisbrings benefits not only to employees but to the business. This is especially true for industries facing skills shortages.Flexible working choices increase the pool of potential recruits and stem the loss of talented women mid-career. They can also affect the wellbeing and morale of staff, both women and men, reducing the number of sick days, for example, and improving commitment and performance.
What are the results?
- 21% of employees have a formal flexible working arrangement.
- Of these, 53% are women and 47% are men.
- In addition, informal flexible working is now widespread.
What is being done?
- The company offers various flexible working arrangements on a formal basis. This includes not only part-time working (and some job-sharing) but variations in the pattern of the working day/week for full-timers.
- In addition, many informal working arrangements are agreed with managers at local level.
- Remote working is facilitated by the use of IT, and this increases options.
- Flexible working policies are set out on the company intranet, alongwith examples of common
- The company increasingly refers to flexible working in its job advertising. Options are available to new recruits from day one.