Acas publishes new advice on hybrid working

Acas has published new advice today to help employers consider whether hybrid working could be an option for their workplace and how to fairly introduce it. 

Hybrid working is a type of flexible working where staff split their time between working remotely and in their employer’s workplace.

Acas Chief Executive, Susan Clews, said:

“Many employers have had to quickly adapt to new flexible ways of working due to the pandemic and it has caused a rethink in how organisations could work differently in the future.

“Hybrid working is an option that many businesses are currently considering as the restrictions ease. Our new advice published today can help employers look at whether it can work for them with some practical tips on how to introduce it.”

The advice includes tips for employers on how to:

  • consult widely with staff to discuss practical considerations around introducing it
  • consider whether it would work for certain roles and is suitable for their organisation
  • create a hybrid working policy
  • handle staff requests for hybrid working

The new advice has been developed in consultation with Acas Council and the government Flexible Working Taskforce, a partnership across business, unions, government departments and other groups to share best practice. The Taskforce is co-chaired by officials at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the CIPD.

Read Acas’s advice on hybrid working.

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Background notes

  1. Acas stands for Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service. Acas provides free and impartial information and advice to employers and employees on all aspects of workplace relations and employment law. We support good relationships between employers and employees which underpin business success. We also provide good value, high quality training and tailored advice to employers. Our expertise is based on millions of contacts with employers and employees each year. Acas is an independent and impartial statutory body governed by a Council made up of members from business, trade unions, academia and the law.
  2. The CIPD is the professional body for HR and people development.