Many staff will face complex personal circumstances during their working life such as a period of acute caring for a sick family member, dealing with end of life care, adjusting to a new caring responsibility, or care arrangements breaking down. In such circumstances staff may find that their normal working pattern becomes difficult to sustain in the immediate term but may not wish to make a permanent change to their working pattern, so that they can return to their normal hours after the immediate need has passed. Where it is operationally possible to do so, a temporary period of flexible working could be considered. For example, a period of shorter hours or staggered hours working, or working from home, may allow staff to continue to be professionally effective and engaged, whilst dealing effectively with their domestic responsibilities.
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