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10 Ways To Enjoy Flexible Working As A Dad

Flexible Working Options

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Published on 07/05/2019

Thought it only meant working a four-day week? Think again.

A lot of Dads wish they could make their work situation more flexible but it’s not always obvious what options are out there.

We’ve managed to get a list of potential flexible working arrangements for you to read and hopefully put into action. It’s worth chatting to HR or your line manager about some of the following arrangements.

Job sharing 

Two people share the work and pay of a single full-time job.

Flexi-hours Working a set amount of core hours from the office (say, 10-3pm, in order to do the school run), then doing the remainder later (eg after the kids are in bed).

Location-flex Working where makes sense for you.

One-off flex Being able to take time for a school concert, a sick mum, even a must-see art exhibition without being penalised – and make up those hours later.

Flexi-timetabling Bespoke working hours to meet your needs – night owls might work an 11pm-7am day, for instance.

Flex-banking You work a four-day week but get paid for a 4.5-day week. When needed, the company book you in and ‘cash in’ the banked time. 

Term-time flex Full-time during term-time, off in the holidays.

Compressed hours Working the equivalent of full-time hours, but squashed into fewer days.

Annualised hours You work an agreed number of hours over the year, with flexibility about when exactly you do them. So, you could work three days a week normally, upping to four or five when it’s busier.

Phased retirement Older workers can reduce hours gradually, before transitioning to full-time retirement.

There’s no doubt that with these many options potentially available, it’s really worth having that conversation with your employer about a solution that suits you and your family.

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