24/7 Employment Law Advice – The New Industry Standard Why Employment Law Advice Needs To Be Available Round The Clock
24/7 employment law advice. It was something that only the biggest employment law or HR consultancies could offer. A promise that you were partnering with an industry leader. A unique safety blanket that was there whenever you needed it. As a USP, it was pretty special. How can anyone compete with a company that can offer
24/7 employment law advice? Unfortunately, 24/7 has become just another buzzword. So, if everyone offers a 24/7 service, is it worth mentioning and how true is the claim of 24/7 employment law advice? With this in mind, we’re looking at the modern work day, work place and asking what 24/7 employment law advice really means. The Death of the 9 to 5 Work Day
Ok, maybe that’s an exaggeration. But, according to a 2018
YouGov poll, only 6% of UK staff work a 9 to 5 schedule. So is the UK office culture in the midst of a huge culture change? The truth is that many businesses now offer some form of flexible working. In fact, many workers would turn down jobs that don’t offer flexible working. So it’s not just businesses that are changing, it’s also staff expectations. And these changes bring unique challenges. It’s more difficult to manage employment law issues if your staff are rarely in the same place at the same time. And with people working before 9 and later than 5, you could need employment law advice at any time of the day!
That’s why every HR consultancy or employment law firm offers 24/7 employment law advice. What started as a great USP became an industry standard due to these changes. After all, who’d work with a consultant who won’t be there when you need them? And as the 9 to 5 work day continues to fade away, the need for round the clock advice and support will only increase. That’s why, as a business owner, it’s so vital that you find the right consultant to work with your business. Because, as your business grows, so will your employment law requirements. And they won’t always be resolved on a 9 to 5 schedule!
The Evolution of the Modern Workplace
What is the modern workplace? How far has it evolved from the grey, depressing office buildings of the 70’s and 80’s? Realistically, the modern workplace has become indefinable and varied. With the evolution of flexible working options, anywhere can be a workplace. Your home, the local coffee shop, even the pub. Anywhere with an internet connection could serve as a place of work for a whole range of people. Even the old, grey, towering office blocks are giving way to new, modern, open plan offices offering the latest facilities to “motivate the workforce”. It’s increasingly common for a workplace to include private gyms, games systems, relaxation spaces and yes, even a bar! And as the nature of the workplace changes, so does the potential employment law issues that can arise!
And as the workplace evolves, so will the employment law requirements. If staff are working from home, you’ll need different reporting and monitoring procedures than for office based staff. There will also need to be stronger procedures in place to prevent confidentiality breaches. 24/7 employment law advice means you are covered in case someone leaves documents on the last train home or in a coffee shop at 7.30 am. Staff disagreements in your onsite gym will also need to handled in the same way as any other disagreement between colleagues. As the work place evolves and stretches outside of the traditional confines, you’ll find that you’ll need to have more robust HR guidelines in place to cover any and all eventualities.
What Does This Evolution Mean To Businesses?
The bottom line is that businesses need to adapt to these changes. And one of the ways that they need to adapt is by ensuring they have access to professional employment law advice as and when they need it. But that’s just the start of the changes that many business will be looking to make in the coming months and years. As staff expectations increase, the need to offer better working hours, office spaces and amenities will only increase. With the fight to recruit top tier talent at an all time high, it makes more and more sense for you to offer flexible working options to get the best staff. After all, the cost to your business for most flexible working options is minimal, but the rewards can be huge. When staff feel valued and receive employment ‘perks’ they’re always more productive!
Similarly, investing in office perks such as onsite gyms, subsidised canteens, travel schemes and such can be a large financial outlay, but the investment in your staff can reap huge rewards for your business. And with staff admitting they would reject a job that doesn’t offer these ‘perks’, can you afford to ignore them? Investing in your staff can only ever reap rewards.
With this in mind, our team of employment law experts are on hand to discuss these changes. Whether you’re investing in your staff, your premises or need to resolve a staff issue, we can help. Simply call our team today on 08450 50 40 60 for free, impartial and confidential advice or complete the contact form and we’ll be in touch soon!