Anyone can ask for flexible working or negotiate for part-time hours, but it’s up to the business to decide if they want to allow it. You can get support in negotiations from friends, colleagues or union representatives. If you reduce your hours, think about how you will manage on less money.
Ask if your employer has a flexible working policy. This could be on the company intranet or in the employee handbook. Having a policy can be a good sign. It means that the employer is already thinking about how flexible working might work. Most policies do not cover flexible working as a 'reasonable adjustment'.
If you ask for flexible working, you do not have to say you are disabled. But if you do, it is harder for employers to say no if you have asked for flexible working as a reasonable adjustment.
Examples of flexible working include:
working from home
condensing your hours into 4 days, rather than 5
hours that mean you do not travel during peak times
Asking for flexible or part-time working as a reasonable adjustment
If you ask for flexible working as a reasonable adjustment, you have more rights under the Equality Act 2010. Your employer has a duty to make reasonable adjustments for you to do your job.
You must say if you're asking for flexible working as a reasonable adjustment. This means talking with your employer about your condition and how it affects you.
Employers do not have to agree with all requests for adjustments. But, if flexible working is reasonable and necessary for you to do your job, they have to agree. What is 'reasonable' will depend on what you need and the kind of job that you do.
If you are applying for a full-time job, you can ask if the employer will allow reduced or flexible hours. They may say no. Many employers expect people to pass probation before they offer these options.