Flexible working and work-life balance

Flexible working is good for retention, it’s good for morale and it gives people the ability to have more balance, which is good from a health perspective.


The term flexible working is used to describe many different styles of working, including:

  • part-time hours
  • job sharing
  • extended hours
  • working from home
  • compressed hours
  • flexi-time.

The concept of flexible working has evolved over the past decade to be part of an employer’s overall engagement and wellbeing agenda.

It’s good for retention, it’s good for morale and it gives people the ability to have more balance, which is good from a health perspective. As long as employers can balance that with the needs of the business, then it’s a win-win situation for everybody.

Useful information

Managers guides to flexible working - The Timewise Initiative

Leading by example to improve the local flexible working labour market - Camden Council case study

Embracing flexible working as a Timewise council - Westminster City Council case study

Timewise Councils Initiative