Flexible working is becoming more commonplace and new trends are emerging in terms of managing absence. 

Employers are embracing change. Flexible working, working from home, working part time or job-sharing are all relatively recent developments in the modern workplace. As businesses battle to attract talented employees, some firms have started offering duvet days and hangover days too.

Duvet Day

Duvet days allow employees to take a day off when they just can’t face getting out of bed. This can be done with no notice. This may be helpful for employees when they are stressed due to heavy workloads and need a break to recharge

Hangover Day

A more recent trend is the hangover day. Hangover days allow staff to work remotely or take a day off if they are feeling tired after a night out. Recent press coverage saw one firm introduce such a policy in order to offer something different to “younger millennial’s who typically go out midweek.”

Flexible work life balance

These policies are certainly different. However, businesses should be careful not to be seen as encouraging heavy drinking. This would be at odds with an employer’s duty to safeguard the health and well being of staff.  Any such policy should also be set out in a way that doesn’t discriminate against certain groups of employees.

On the flip side, employers who introduce flexible days off, could be seen as more forward thinking. Introducing these policies should be done in a way that encourages employees to maximise their productivity while supporting their need to enjoy life outside of work.

Finally, businesses should consider how they will manage the number of random days off each employee can take. Flexibility is a good thing but it is necessary to set reasonable parameters in order to ensure that employees are productive.

What are your thoughts? Is this something you might introduce in your business?