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ACEVO and NCVO call for all charity roles to be advertised as flexible

The past couple of years have taught us that we can work differently and flexibly when the will is there. There is now a unique opportunity to build on what we have learnt during the pandemic and move on from outdated ways of working – redesigning work in the voluntary sector so that supporting people’s ‘whole selves’ and productivity can go hand in hand. 

ACEVO and NCVO’s ‘Time to Flex’ report, published today, aims to support leaders and individuals to approach flexible working in their organisations. 

Based on conversations with leaders and employees across the sector, #TimeToFlex calls for flexible working to be central to the future of work within charities, and makes 6 recommendations:

  1. Backed by ACEVO and NCVO, the voluntary sector to champion a default position of ‘yes to flex’ – where employers proactively consider how flexibility is possible in the job design for all roles, for everyone.
  2. Flexibility to be advertised for all roles – so employers openly lead the conversation about how flexibility can work, and the focus isn’t on the candidate to request it.
  3. Organisations and individuals to openly share their stories of how flexibility is working – so that best practice, learning and inspiration are easily available in the sector, confidence is built, and stigma is reduced.
  4. Organisations to embrace a position of trust – where individuals are more empowered to manage their time based on outcomes and impact, rather than when and where they work.
  5. Organisations to have the courage to experiment, make mistakes, adjust, learn and improve, and be honest about what is and isn’t working while keeping a focus on individual needs.
  6. Flexibility to become a central pillar of equity, diversity and inclusion, and wellbeing strategies.

Increasingly, ACEVO and NCVO members tell us that they’re interested in implementing more flexible working arrangements in their organisations. The subject is now particularly important given the changes to the way we organise work brought about by the pandemic and the need for a more inclusive culture.

We want to create a culture in the voluntary sector that values and champions flexible working. Flexible working promotes wellbeing in the workplace, and it increases productivity. It’s critical for inclusion. It’s important for attracting and retaining a talented, diverse pool of staff.  Put simply flexible working for our teams will help the voluntary sector deliver more for the people and communities we support. We’re looking forward to working with our members to make flexible working in voluntary organisations the norm

Sarah Vibert, interim chief executive, NCVO, and Vicky Browning, chief executive, ACEVO

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