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Hybrid working

Stephen Simpson Editor's message: Hybrid working, which is sometimes referred to as "blended working", is a form of flexible working that allows employees to split their time between attending the workplace and working remotely (typically from home).

The hybrid working model provides employers with a valuable way to make their workforce more agile while also improving employees' work-life balance. However, the introduction of hybrid working is not without its challenges. It is important for employers to:

  • consult with their workforce about the move to hybrid working;
  • review their contracts of employment to decide if they need amending, looking particularly at the place of work clause; and
  • explain any proposed variations to employees and ask them to confirm in writing that they agree to them.

To ensure the successful implementation this new way of working, it is also important to make the ground rules clear to the workforce from the outset, which could be done through a hybrid working policy.

Stephen Simpson, principal employment law editor

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