In 2014, the government enshrined in law an employee’s right to make a statutory application for flexible working. The new flexible working legislation dictated that an employer must handle a request in a ‘reasonable manner’. ACAS provided a list of reasons for why an employer might reject a request. In just two years it’s become harder to justify these objections – such is the power and pace of modern technology.

Take the burden of additional costs, as cited by ACAS, for example. A flexible workforce doesn’t have to increase costs. In fact, more often than not, it reduces them. After salaries, accommodation accounts for the highest expense in most office-based organisations.

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