Top flexible employers - are you one of them?
Insight from Mandy Garner of
Workingmums.co.uk on what makes a Top Employer. With
a look at last year's winners of their Top Employer
Award, you'll also find details here about how to
enter for 2013. Employers of all sizes and sectors
How to move Smart Work from Theory to Practice
This new management book
encapsulates the practical experience, insight and
research of Flexibility.co.uk. Andy Lake
spells out a strategic, integrated and
evidence-based approach to delivering benefits for
the business, the individual, the environment and
for 'smarter' government.
Smart Working at Wokingham Council
Wokingham Borough Council has a
dynamic and can-do attitude to implementing Smart
Working. They have moved ahead with their own
solution, developing a new working culture, working
flexibly across locations and achieving a 2:1
desk-sharing ratio. A case study of a smaller
council leading the way.
This new kind of working - what should we call it?
What's in a name? This extract taken
from Smart Flexibility looks at the pros and cons of
terms such as flexible working, smart working, agile
working and all the rest.
A positive way to pre-empt resistance to change
In the second part of our
mini-series on dealing with resistance to change,
Andy Lake proposes 10
practical steps to take positive control of
influencing culture and behaviours in a Smart
Working implementation programme.
50 top part-time leaders show the way
The cultural assumptions about part-time working,
and the prejudices against it, are many. And very
dated in the modern world of work. To combat these
perceptions Timewise recruitment set out to find 50
examples that prove that the UK’s leading employers
have moved beyond the old prejudices
Case Study on e-Learning for Smart Working
e-Learning is a natural fit for
organisations making the change to Smart Working.
Plantronics have found it the ideal way to support
staff making the transition to new ways of working.
Working with e-Work.com, they were able to develop a
customised solution reflecting their brand and
Top Employers' Awards for Flexible Working
The progress of flexible and family-friendly
working was celebrated at the 2012 Workingmums.co.uk
Top Employers Award. The awards recognise
employers who are progressive in their flexible
working practices and go the extra mile to support
working parents. Unliever (left) won the overall Top
Ten things I hate about change ...
Changes to working practices and
working culture always provoke some resistance. And
as Smart and Flexible Working involve changes to
workplaces, technologies and behaviours, there is
always a risk of hitting a nerve. Here we take a
look at ten of the most common reasons given, and
how to deal with them .
The Kinetic Organisation
- motion instead of hierarchy
Andrew Mawson of AWA sets out his
blueprint for new organisational design. The
ideas are based on a study with industry leaders on
the faults of traditional structures and
organisational needs for the future. It's
about agility, adaptability and delivering
organisations that are more effective, energetic and
Quo vadis Smarter Working?-
A new work dynamic
Guest author Philip Vanhoutte
reflects on how Smarter Working has progressed at
Plantronics and what the future holds for companies
travelling down the Smart Working road. A new
work dynamic is needed, as it's is more about
smarter people than technology
Working Smarter at Aberdeenshire Council
Aberdeenshire Council's Worksmart
and WorkSPACE programmes are attracting a lot of
attention from councils around the UK - a great
example of moving ahead with modern working
practices and getting staff on board with the new
A smarter approach to economic growth
The debate on economic recovery is stuck
in a rut - cuts versus borrowing. But the key
issue is about change: how to adapt to the new world
that is being born as the old one fades painfully away.
Flexibility Nine Point Plan to boost smarter
Smart Work ergonomics
Closing a building and letting your
employees roam free is just the beginning of good
workplace practices, not the end. Guy Osmond of
Osmond ergonomics offers 10 simple rules to ensure
mobile, homeworking and hub-working staff are fit,
healthy and following ergonomic best practice.
What makes a modern workplace?
Tim Oldman, of the Leesman Index,
takes a personal look at new trends in the
workplace, and how to align property and working
environments with new working practices.
Smart Working - evolution rather than revolution
Our guest writer, organisational development
specialist Naomi Stanford, puts the case that Smart
Working isn't so new. It's more a case of
building on best organisational practice. So
stressing too much its 'newness' risks alientaion