UK debate between ‘flexible working’ and a shorter working week

The pandemic has brought important changes to the way Britons work, and with the current reopening, the UK government has opened up a public debate about whether it should regulate and implement the so-called ‘flexible working’ rule – which allows for changing hours.

After much public debate, the issue has been fully on the agenda of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government, and thus, this Friday’s poll will be launched on the future of work, in which it is suggested that employees have the right to request a flexible method from the moment work begins.

The scheme would in principle allow all UK employees to request to work from home or out of the office partially or completely, squeeze all their hours into just a few days a week, and change when work starts, cuts in the middle or finishes later, among other options that, of course It should always be agreed with the employer.

Nowadays, people have to wait until they are six months old at work to demand some kind of change. The government’s proposal also asserts that it will force employers to respond to these requests more quickly and justify their refusal.

But while the issue is just being discussed nationally, in Scotland, the ruling Scottish National Party (SNP) is designing a pilot program to implement the four-day workweek and has already promised £10 million (over $137 million) to offices to try shorter working hours. without lowering workers’ wages.

A Scotsman defended, “The pandemic has helped intensify interest and support for more flexible work practices, which could include a shift to four days a week. Cuts to the workweek can help maintain more and better jobs and improve well-being.” Government spokesperson for the local press.

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He explained that they are in the early stages of designing a beta test that will help companies explore the benefits and costs of moving to a four-day work week.

The idea has popular support. According to a survey conducted by the Scottish government’s IPPR Research Center in Scotland, more than eight in 10 Scots support offering a shorter work week because they believe it will have a positive impact on their well-being.

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