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Flexible working is a way of working that suits an employee’s needs, for example having flexible start and finish times, or working from home.

Flexible working rules are different in Northern Ireland.

All employees have the legal right to request flexible working - not just parents and carers.

This is known as ‘making a statutory application’.

What employers must do

Employers must deal with requests in a ‘reasonable manner’.

Download ‘Acas code of practice for handling requests in a reasonable manner’ (PDF, 387KB)

Top Advantages


  • Flexibility to better meet family and personal needs

  • Reduced commuting time and gas expenses

  • Have more control over your time schedule and working environment

  • Can work during the hours that fit your energy cycles best


  • Boosts employee morale

  • Reduces tardiness and absenteeism

  • Reduces employee turnover

  • Enhances company image as a family-friendly place to work

Employers Gain Commitment

With flexible work schedules, employers experience benefits as well. Giving up some control of work schedules gives increased employee morale, engagement, and commitment to the organisation. The option also reduces employee turnover, absenteeism, and tardiness by allowing workers to flex hours around home and family obligations. The flow of projects and work may increase as employees are able to work when they accomplish most, feel freshest, and enjoy working.

Employer Business Improvements

Offering flexible work schedules will increase your ability to recruit outstanding employees. You will develop an image as an employer of choice with family-friendly flexible work schedules. Providing options can extend your hours of operation which is especially important for departments such as customer service. 

Cloud technology allows workers to touch documents outside the office environment. In some businesses, this allows the company to expand its area of service to other time zones or even globally. Using remote worker options, the business can hire workers from areas where hourly wages are lower and reduce their compensation overhead. However, care must be taken that the drive to lower wages does not harm the quality product of the service you provide. 

Overhead costs may drop when you employ remote workers. You will reduce the square footage requirements of office space and the cost of desks, chairs, computers, and other necessary equipment

At VERCIDA.com we are supporting employees and employers by promoting our client’s home and flexible working inclusive features.

March Month Highlights

  • SIAD Self Injury Awareness Day 02/03/2020 
  • Eating Disorder Awareness Week 02/03/2020 - 08/03/2020
  • World Hearing Day 03/03/2020 
  • International Women's Day 08/03/2020  
  • International Day of Happiness 20/03/2020
  • Down Syndrome Awareness Day 21/03/2020
  • International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 21/03/2020
  • Mothering Sunday 22/03/2020
  • World Bipolar Day 30/03/2020
  • World Autism Awareness Week 30/03/2020 - 05/04/2020
  • International Transgender Day of Visibility 31/03/2020
  • Equal Pay Day 31/03/2020





As businesses respond to the current crisis, over the next few weeks VERCIDA Group will be hosting a series of webinars on diversity, inclusion and the impact of future proofing business operations for home and flexible working.

Find out more >



There are lots of different employment sectors looking for people with the skills and talents you possess. Rest assured that all of the companies listing with us are committed to inclusiveness and diversity in the workplace. 


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