Inflexible workplace? What’s your excuse?

Flexible working has become more commonplace in recent years – but there remain many organisations that are determined to stick to the old ways of working. Why? We respond to the most common arguments for refusing flexibility. We look at some of the common excuses: 1. If we offer flexible working to a few people,

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The final frontier: Allowing PAs to work flexibly

Recently we were invited to talk about flexible working at The PA Club’s January Discussion Forum.  It was a lively session of PAs and Team Leaders from a number of industries including the legal and accounting sector. It’s great to attend a session like this, particularly when everyone is so passionate about the subject. It

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Is working from home really as brilliant as it sounds?

Whatever the reasons for wanting to work from home – better work/life balance, less commuting, more time at home with the children – you need to think long and hard before you go for it. You may find it’s not the right working arrangement for you. In our many conversations with candidates and clients over

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Future planning: Embracing the virtual workplace

Think about how much has changed since the internet came into being in the mid to late 1990s. In less than 20 years, our working lives have been so transformed that it is now difficult to imagine how employees functioned at all without trusty email and search engines on side. So it’s little surprise that

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Osborne Clarke

Osborne Clarke moves to connected working

We are always interested in finding out why firms are moving to agile working styles. Is it chiefly the demand of employees or the business? We spoke to Rebecca Plummeridge, International Strategic Project Manager on how and why they introduced ‘connected working’ at Osborne Clarke. What is the difference between agile and connected working for

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Q&A: Making a success of job-sharing

We asked an HR Administrator who has worked part-time and job shared throughout her career how she works flexibly for City law firms. How did you agree with your current employer that a job share was ideal? I originally returned from maternity leave to a full-time role as my husband stayed at home to look

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Are men getting a fair deal on flexible working?

It is common for conversations about flexible working to focus on Mums – and specifically Mums returning to work after having a baby. Hardly surprising given the challenges many still face in returning to a fulfilling career that also fits around childcare needs. But in our determination to meet Motherhood requirements, there can be a

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Roundtable update: Are law firms really ready to flex?

Sarah Broad, our Head of Operations, recently spoke at a roundtable event in Bristol hosted by Simmons & Simmons. It was great to be given the opportunity to discuss flexible working with Bristol law firms, all of which are at various stages of improving flexible working options in their own businesses. Sarah shared her insights

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