This report details the evaluation of a programme that was created to explore how over 50s can access the benefits of flexible working.
The Centre for Ageing Better previously worked with the Timewise Foundation and two large employers to increase the availability and take up, by people over 50, of more flexible working arrangements.
The Flexible Working Pilot project, delivered in Guys and St.Thomas’ Trust and Legal & General, trialled changes to the working patterns of a cohort of over 50s, with support and guidance delivered by Timewise.
The Tavistock Institute of Human Relations carried out an independent evaluation of the pilot, laid out in this report. The overall aim was to understand and learn about what works in implementing and facilitating access to flexible working, for which people and in what kinds of situations.
Job holders highlighted that most flexible working arrangements trialled went well. However, their experience was shaped by the external context and, with COVID-19, the picture changed dramatically.