In fact, flexible working is now standard practice in half of the organisations they asked, with four in five managers saying they had taken advantage of flexible working practices in the past four years.
One size doesn't fit all
There isn't one 'right way' - it rests entirely on the demands of a particular organisation.
Be open, honest and formalise.
The Institute found that upto 84% of people are using informally-agreed flexible working. Employers can help by setting out guiding principles for managers.
Try it, you might like it
One solution is to trial flexible working in a controlled way such as a limited trial period. Research suggests there will be an upturn in both wellbeing and productivity
Go beyond greatness
Focus on developing the communication, planning, targetsetting and team-working skills in your managers
Qualifications dedicated to the management of flexible workers, such as the ILM Level 3 Award in Leadership and Management.
Manage outputs, not hours
One of the best indicators of effective management is the extent to which it measures outputs, not inputs.
More than nine to five
Consider designing a variety of roles at job creation stage. Not every job will require a 35-hour week.