Haylie Page, External Affairs Intern, Money and Mental Health.

Putting flexibility at the forefront in the workplace

29 January 2021

It’s been almost a year since the start of the first lockdown, and many of us are still working from home. Staying inside for extended periods of time and having less social contact with colleagues has been difficult for some. But for many people, lockdown restrictions have offered the opportunity for more flexibility around working hours, our priorities and greater autonomy over our work — which weren’t always on offer in the office. 

But not everyone has reaped these benefits. Many people are still working in person —  in industries like retail, health or social care — and haven’t been given the same flexibility many of us working from home have experienced. 

Why is flexibility so important?

One of the potential benefits of working from home is flexibility around working hours, removing the constraints of the office nine-to-five. Flexible working hours allows the working day and week to be adapted to better suit individual circumstances. Our report ‘Mind the income gap’, showed that people with mental health problems often need flexible working hours to help them manage fluctuations in their mental health.

“Allowing me to work at home and start later if I needed to was helpful as sometimes my medication made me feel groggy in the morning.” Expert by experience

What can employers do?

Ensuring support and upholding standards