Please be flexible

Please be flexible

Please be flexible

First published in Letters by

I WOULD like to point out to employers that a commonsense approach to getting the right people in the workplace is mainly down to time flexibility.

I don’t mean starting at 8.30am instead of 8am. I mean if you want a part-time worker, be it cleaner or help in the office, why not a 9.30am or 10am start, allowing parents the time to drop off children and get to an office or work in plenty of time, without the need for child care or breakfast clubs.

This would make the employee happy, leaving more money in their pocket; and the employer would be happy with a happy employee, who is always more productive.

The work is there and the people to do the work are available and willing to work. I hope just one employer reads this and takes it to heart.

There are many women and men who would love to work, but because of the minimum wage and the cost of child care in York this always seems miles apart.

A little thought by employers could solve this simple issue immediately.

A house husband looking for work, Holgate, York.

• Editor’s note: The writer has asked that his name be made available on request to potential employers.

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2:25pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Wiggles says...

I guess I must be one of the lucky ones as my employer allows me to do exactly this. I am part-time working 3 days a week - I walk my child to school and then get myself to the office for 9.30. In addition to this my employer also allows me to swap the days I work each week to fit in with my husbands shift patterns (he works 6 days on 6 days off) and any overlap in our work days is covered by my Mum. As a parent I believe you are entitled to ask for family flexible working, however I don't think any company has to grant it as a right. There are flexible employers out there if you are lucky enough to find one.
I guess I must be one of the lucky ones as my employer allows me to do exactly this. I am part-time working 3 days a week - I walk my child to school and then get myself to the office for 9.30. In addition to this my employer also allows me to swap the days I work each week to fit in with my husbands shift patterns (he works 6 days on 6 days off) and any overlap in our work days is covered by my Mum. As a parent I believe you are entitled to ask for family flexible working, however I don't think any company has to grant it as a right. There are flexible employers out there if you are lucky enough to find one. Wiggles
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4:31pm Sun 9 Feb 14

BL2 says...

Yes you are right. You have the right to request it but no right to be given it :-/ Details here https://www.gov.uk/f
lexible-working/over
view
Yes you are right. You have the right to request it but no right to be given it :-/ Details here https://www.gov.uk/f lexible-working/over view BL2
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1:08pm Mon 10 Feb 14

inthesticks says...

BL2 wrote:
Yes you are right. You have the right to request it but no right to be given it :-/ Details here https://www.gov.uk/f

lexible-working/over

view
Correct and York`s biggest employers do refuse it knowing it`s not law.
Because of high unemployment it`s an employers paradise at the moment; low wages and poor conditions.
To the house husband looking for work - why would they give you consideration when there will be hundreds of others willing to do the job who will accept any conditions? But good luck anyway.
[quote][p][bold]BL2[/bold] wrote: Yes you are right. You have the right to request it but no right to be given it :-/ Details here https://www.gov.uk/f lexible-working/over view[/p][/quote]Correct and York`s biggest employers do refuse it knowing it`s not law. Because of high unemployment it`s an employers paradise at the moment; low wages and poor conditions. To the house husband looking for work - why would they give you consideration when there will be hundreds of others willing to do the job who will accept any conditions? But good luck anyway. inthesticks
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7:54am Tue 11 Feb 14

Kroythrundthru says...

In my opinion, for what it's worth, Mums or Dads should be at home to care for thier children 24/7 . Why should the employer be held ransom !
If you have children then stay home, be a full time parent, or don't have any children.
Sorry but I am an old fashioned stay at home Mum. That was my chosen career.! And I have 3 wonderful well mannered and very hard working children (now adults)
Trust me! We struggled financially but it was well worth it
In my opinion, for what it's worth, Mums or Dads should be at home to care for thier children 24/7 . Why should the employer be held ransom ! If you have children then stay home, be a full time parent, or don't have any children. Sorry but I am an old fashioned stay at home Mum. That was my chosen career.! And I have 3 wonderful well mannered and very hard working children (now adults) Trust me! We struggled financially but it was well worth it Kroythrundthru
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