Headlines: April 18th, 2007

CALL TO TRIAL NEW WORKING PRACTICES

 

Organisations and employees across the UK in the public and private sectors, are being invited to take part in the second annual Work Wise Week from May 16 to 22, to help create a ‘smarter’ working Britain. Supporters of the Work Wise UK campaign include the CBI, TUC, the British Chambers of Commerce, BT and Transport for London.

Staff and employers are being asked to consider a week-long trial of smarter working practices, such as home, flexible, mobile and remote working, and so understand for themselves the benefits and practicalities of this modern day approach to working.

“The age of working 9 to 5, five days a week, from a central location, is for many fast coming to an end,” said Phil Flaxton, chief executive of Work Wise UK. “This rigid work structure, which is largely dictated by culture and nothing else, is wasteful in terms of time and resources, damaging to the environment, and harmful in that it impacts upon stress levels and the health of employees.”

Many smarter working practices are very simple to implement, and it is these that organisations are being encouraged to try during Work Wise Week. They include allowing staff to come in either an hour later or an hour earlier, with a reciprocal hour shift at the end of the day. Allowing staff to take a half hour lunch break each day, and then let them leave at 3.00pm on the last day. Allowing staff to work from home on Friday May 18, National Work from Home Day. Organisations are also being asked to encourage staff to cancel all external face-to-face staff meetings during Work Wise Week, and instead hold them by conference call, either video or telephone.