Real Estate Balance Toolkit: Spotlight on Flexible Working


The Real Estate Balance Toolkit offers practical guidance and information on some of the best advice and good practice already available, not just from our own sector but from the wider business community. Our aim is to give you the tools to make yours a better balanced business and diverse workplace.

This month we are highlighting the practical guidance and advice on flexible working in our Toolkit. Considering the new world we now live in, where working from home is the norm, a lot of our conversations have revolved around flexible working and how we can implement it more effectively when we return to the office. The Toolkit provides information on things to think about if you want to make flexible working succeed in your workplace such as embedding it into your workplace culture so it is not a barrier to promotion and encouraging take-up by setting goals.

There are further links to case studies, articles and research on the topic such as The Institute of Leadership and Management’s Flexible Working: Goodbye Nine to Five report. The report defines and highlights the benefit of flexible working. The research asserts that flexible working improves productivity and wellbeing. The importance of great managers who have “strong communication skills, the ability to plan workloads effectively and clear goal-setting” is said to be essential to get the best out of flexible teams. Interestingly, those with experience of working flexibly are most positive about the benefits it brings to their organisations. Given our recent experiences of flexible working, we hope attitudes towards flexible working will continue to move in a positive direction.