Flexible rights extended to all - how technology can ensure your company complies.

Written by Michael Smith on the 30th of June, 2014

This morning’s announcement means that 20 million people now have the right to ask to work flexibly, according to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. As part of the right, employees can expect their request to be considered "in a reasonable manner" by employers.

Nick Clegg’s view was that "..it's about time we brought working practices bang up-to-date with the needs, and choices, of our modern families." While conversely, the Federation of Small Businesses raised its concern around “businesses who just will not be able to do that, whether it's through cost or just from balancing their teams”.

The debate on right or wrong is academic as “employees can expect their request to be considered in a reasonable manner by employers”. So how as a business can you make this work in a positive way for your business?

My view is that this is a blessing in disguise for many businesses. Why? Because to make this happen, a business has to transform from being an inert, desktop business to a very mobile, cloud-based business. And to quote last year’s MYOB report, small businesses that use cloud computing are 106% more likely to see a revenue rise. However, only 16% actually use cloud computing in their business!

The big challenge for business is how to make this transformation happen. The application landscape can be confusing and the process of migrating from a legacy technology to a cloud technology without an IT department can be just too daunting.

On top of that, you have to educate and support your employees if you are going to ask them to use new applications.

As a technology service provider, our mantra is ‘deploy, educate and support’. We not only set up and migrate businesses to cloud technologies but we also manage the transformation process by educating and supporting employees.

We use Google Apps for Work™ as the cornerstone for a stack of applications that can very quickly enable a business to remotely access and manage all functions of its business.

Smart business owners and managers recognise that cloud tech brings benefits but also realise that you need buy-in from your team if you are going to properly reap the benefits. Flexible working might just be the incentive you need to get them to open their minds to change!

References: BBC News (2014), Flexible working rights extended to all. Michelle Hammond, (2013) Smart Company, Cloud computing gives small businesses a 106% productivity boost,

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