Coun­cil opens flex­i­ble deal to all work­ers

Lennox Herald - - NEWS - Jenny Foulds

Coun­cil staff are be­ing given more op­por­tu­ni­ties to work flex­i­bly in a bid to sup­port their work-life bal­ance.

West Dun­bar­ton­shire Coun­cil is of­fer­ing all work­ers the op­por­tu­nity to ap­ply for flex­i­ble work­ing up to twice a year.

The deal was pre­vi­ously only open to staff who were in post for at least 26 weeks.

The coun­cil is also of­fer­ing carers, who are re­turn­ing to work fol­low­ing a pe­riod of un­em­ploy­ment, a guar­an­teed in­ter­view to help them get back to work.

The lo­cal au­thor­ity was re­cently named the best pub­lic sec­tor em­ployer in the UK for its flex­i­ble, fam­ily-friendly poli­cies.

New po­si­tions with the au­thor­ity are be­ing ad­ver­tised as suit­able for flex­i­ble work­ing, and can­di­dates can in­di­cate their pre­ferred flex­i­ble work­ing pat­tern on their ap­pli­ca­tion form.

Op­tions open to em­ploy­ees in­clude work­ing part-time, job share, shift work­ing, home work­ing, flex­i­ble hours, stag­gered hours and com­pressed hours.

Coun­cil­lor Ian Dick­son, con­vener of cor­po­rate ser­vices, said:“As a coun­cil we are con­tin­u­ally look­ing at ways to at­tract the best cal­i­bre of work­ers in Scot­land to join the coun­cil and we are de­lighted to of­fer a range of flex­i­ble work­ing prac­tices.

“By law em­ploy­ees with 26 weeks con­tin­u­ous ser­vice can ap­ply to work flex­i­bly but we have gone be­yond this and ex­tended the of­fer to all of our em­ploy­ees, mak­ing work­ing for the coun­cil more at­trac­tive to peo­ple with car­ing re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and help­ing our em­ploy­ees achieve the right bal­ance be­tween their home and work life.”

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