Work practices – how we work The work environment Workplace legislation
By the end of this lesson you should be able to: Identify various working practices Discuss advantages and disadvantages of flexible working practices Apply your knowledge to exam questions
In the past there was either full- or part-time permanent employment. Today there is much more flexibility.
Various hours - full, part and flexi-time, shiftwork, job share. Mode - home, office, teleworking, hotdesking. Terms of contract - permanent, temporary, fixed- term or casual.
Technology – allows various methods of communication – internet, email, mobile. Social trends – equal employment rights for women and men, legislation. Competition – to retain the best workers the organisation has to offer flexibility.
Outsourcing – experts complete specialist tasks, eg web designers. Organisation concentrates on core tasks Career breaks – allow employees to take a break whilst the organisation retains their skills and experience. University – further skills
Flexible working practices can better enable the organisation to employ a variety of skills Flexible working practices can better enable the organisation to retain valuable employees Savings in terms of space Outsourcing – cost effective
Greater choice to fit work-life balance During recession – may lead to job loss if on temporary or casual contract