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Flex in the City: Snapshot of workplace flexibility in Jersey

  • Publish Date: Posted 19 days ago
  • Author: Lucy Fox

The landscape of flexible working has undergone significant transformation in recent years, particularly accelerated by the pandemic-induced surge in hybrid and remote work arrangements. 

Against this backdrop and the forthcoming change in UK law effective from April 2024 granting individuals the right to request flexible working from day one, we were curious to explore employers’ current attitudes towards flexible working in Jersey.

We have conducted a survey on this topic, speaking with local clients about their attitudes and practices surrounding workplace flexibility in Jersey. Based on insights gathered from a number of professional services organisations, this report offers an overview of the varied approaches and key trends observed across the Island. From openness to alternative working arrangements to the prevalence of hybrid roles, this report encapsulates the evolving landscape of workplace flexibility in Jersey.

Flexible working hours

Of the employers we asked, 72% said they would accept applications from job seekers outside of the traditional confines of the contract.

Although numerous positions are advertised as full-time, it's evident from this statistic that employers are open to applicants who wish to work in a different form of contracted hours. Even if a full-time schedule is the initial preference, flexibility can be considered.

A large global organisation, for example, shared that 66% of their employees work flexibly (time and/or location) as opposed to their standard working arrangement.

It is worth noting, that businesses often evaluate this on a case-by-case basis, taking into account their current team dynamics and role requirements.

Impacts of flexible working

Of the employers we asked, 81% said that it had been a positive impact on the business and performance within their team. Several stated ‘it has proven to be transformational for productivity’.

Attracting and retaining talent is crucial for any business. Prioritising employee happiness, whether through flexible arrangements that accommodate their lifestyle, is paramount. This high percentage reflects the minimal negative impact on business productivity, indicating that such practices are likely to become even more widespread.

Hybrid & Remote working

Of the employers we asked, 70% do offer hybrid working, predominantly a three/two model; however, a number have found that the “novelty” of hybrid work is wearing off with increasing numbers of employees opting to be back in the office full time. 

This shift has many contributing factors, from social interaction to strengthening team dynamics, improving communication, collaboration, learning and enhancing well-being. While hybrid working certainly has its benefits, it’s interesting to see how this trend continues to evolve in Jersey.

As these findings highlight, the majority of organisations have continued to embrace some level of flexibility and have seen positive results in doing so, including productivity, performance and attracting new talent.

With the increasing demands for flexibility from job seekers, it was encouraging to hear that organisations would consider applicants outside of the traditional confines as a contract. This becomes increasingly important when recruiting on an Island with a limited population.

Overall, these findings reflect an evolving landscape where flexibility is increasingly valued, yet there is not a one-size-fits-all approach and the nuances of its implementation continue to shape workplace dynamics and employee experiences.

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