Flexible working

If an employee is able to work from home with little to no impact on their ability to carry out their work effectively, they should continue to do so. They should be one of the last to physically go back into their place of work. Thereafter I believe there has to be an overhaul of flexible working and in cases such as this it should form part of an employee terms and conditions.

Why the contribution is important

This will help the Scottish government to ease the restrictions and get employees who are unable to effectively work from home back into the workplace first. This too will help ease pressure on public transport and road travel with those able to work from home continuing to do so.

by AgnesCB on May 08, 2020 at 06:35AM

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  • Posted by Jo2020 May 09, 2020 at 09:39

    I agree wholeheartedly with this. Where organisations have demonstrated that they have been able to continue with the delivery of their business from home, consideration should be given to whether offices are required. This could particularly impact organisations who have a number of offices across Scotland (possible benefits of decreasing costs for organisations and a decrease in travel impacting positively on the environment and health & wellbeing of employees). Home working should be considered as a permanent option for any employees who wish to do so.
  • Posted by Bec May 09, 2020 at 13:23

    This would have such a positive impact on the environment by a reduction in journeys and would allow a better work/life balance by being able to manage your time better. This should be seen as one of the positives to come from this awful situation!
  • Posted by ajgraham59 May 09, 2020 at 14:40

    I am very lucky I have been able to work from home my employer has invested in the software for me to do this. Actually working from home is easier for me as my internet speed is greater here than in the office in Glasgow. It also means you can work whenever is easier for you whether that is when the house is quiet or after a walk in the park when your mind is clear. This also helps the environment which we should take this time to address also.
  • Posted by Stephen666 May 09, 2020 at 15:42

    Agree with home working and would like to see more local hubs in the future with more joint funding streams. However there is the question of the lack of spending within the city whilst at work. There is a big planning issue here in that if office and factory become more local than in designated central areas, then we are at the start of a total renewal of our economy and its layout. The question is really about timescale, as its not just the extension of homeworking, but the supportive services and retail that supports such workers.
  • Posted by JenTill May 09, 2020 at 20:24

    I also agree with this. Home working has proven to be possible and continues to reduce travel to/from work. Great idea
  • Posted by Yammydodger May 10, 2020 at 14:03

    Office working contributes massively to the economy, office rentals, business rates, sandwich shops etc and in many cases more productivity, perhaps staggered hours or a mix of home and office working until we get a vaccine might do something to kickstart our economy but a return to profitable working practices has to happen. People have to earn a wage, taxes have to be paid and for this to happen business has to flourish.
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