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How senior part-timers are busting myths

A new list of successful part-time workers is helping to dispel the myth that senior staff and executives must work full-time to be effective. The Power Part Time Top 50 list is populated by entrepreneurs, senior managers and directors who work fewer than the traditional 5 days each week. So if your decision-makers and leaders can work part-time, why can't everyone else?

The belief that full-time hours are best for business is giving way to a more nuanced approach to giving employees flexibility while ensuring business needs are met. Organisations are taking time to assess the requirements of job roles, and recruiting people to work the time required to do the job - rather than simply hiring a full-timer by default.

Job sharing is another popular alternative to hiring full-timers. One added benefit of job share arrangements is that employers can gain additional skills, talent and experience for the same outlay.

Being flexible with working hours, and allowing staff to work the hours they want brings many benefits to employers. You can retain your best people - and often get the best out of them - by trusting them to manage their time in their preferred pattern. Offering more jobs on a part-time basis can be an effective way to build a more diverse and skilled workforce. Many women look for part-time jobs after a period of maternity leave, so by creating flexible roles employers can access a greater wealth of talent and experience.

Acas runs training courses on Recruitment and Flexible working. Find out more about recruiting part-time employees from the Acas Advisory booklet - Flexible working and work-life balance .

Visit the Acas Training Courses, Workshops and Projects area for more information.

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