Modern technology means remote working is far more achievable now than ever before.
Employers may have difficulty dealing with competing requests to work flexibly. ACAS has suggested employers may wish to “put names in a hat”.
Employers could lay themselves open to discrimination claims if they only agree flexible working requests for parents and carers, or vice versa. They will need to make “value judgements” that are not limited to the personal reasons behind the request.
There could be resentment amongst staff who have had their requests denied, whilst others have been accepted.
Employers may feel a lack of control and/or awareness of the work being carried out on a flexible basis.
A lack of contact with colleagues at the office could limit the cohesiveness of teams and exchange of ideas.
There may be communication breakdowns if it is difficult to get hold of staff which may impact on the co-ordination of projects/meetings/phone calls.
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Many people are now working from home as offices across the UK closely monitor the evolving COVID-19 situation. This has resulted in a significant spike of video interviews and video conferencing tools displaying their value.