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Applying for flexible working

Changing or reducing your working hours so that they fit better with your other commitments or lifestyle is called flexible working. Single dad Gary asked his employer for flexible hours so that he could pick his children up from school and spend more time with them in the evening.





How flexible working has benefited Gary:

  • Working 8am til 2pm means that he can pick his children up from school and spend more time with them in the evenings
  • If he is scheduled to work on a bank holiday, but there is no childcare available, he can swap his shift for another day.

  • Just because you are a lone parent, you are not isolated, you are not alone and you are not the only person in that situation. You could … find that your manager is in the same situation as you. Ask. Just go for it.

    I've got all this now because I asked for flexible working.


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Further information and advice

Working life - a guide to your rights in the workplace