Covid rates are rising and it's not only the vulnerable who are anxious about it. I spoke with Grazia magazine about the steps employees can take to request flexible and home working. Read my comments alongside other HR professionals here

If you are an employee who is concerned about their safety in the workplace, or even getting there, flexible working may be an option. Any changes will be permanent unless agreed otherwise. 

For employers, there are likely to be a greater number of flexible working requests in the coming months and years. The world has changed in the past 18 months and employers can not simply rely on old reasons for refusing requests. Each request must be considered and reasoned carefully on its own merits. 

If there are any questions relating to the making of flexible working requests, responding to them or managing a flexible and agile workforce, do get in touch at kevin.poulter@freeths.co.uk.