Employees may undertake a range of different, part-time working patterns. For some employees, it might be the first time they have worked part-time or flexibly. Managers may also be managing part-time or flexible employees for the first time. 

Part-time working can consist of: 

  • Employees working fewer days than full-time staff 

  • Employees working fewer hours each day 

  • Job sharing. 

Remember employees who are working part-time must not be treated less favourably than full-time employees, unless the employer can provide a justification for that treatment.  

There are a number of practical issues to consider when managing employees who are moving to part-time working, which we will consider in turn: 

  • Agreeing the new working pattern 

  • Monitoring hours worked 

  • Managing expectations and workloads 

  • Work life balance and wellbeing 

  • Communication 

Agreeing the new working pattern

Monitoring hours

Managing expectations and workloads

Work-life balance and wellbeing


Planning for the future

Advice sheets

For some employees, it may be their first experience of working part-time. It may also be the first time that managers have managed a team with flexible, part-time staff. The following advice provides information on how to make part-time working a success.

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