Questions people ask about flexible working | Flexa

Frequently asked questions

“What do you mean by flexible working?”

Flexible working can mean many things, from freelancing through to flexible hours. But being this broad with the definition would have been a disaster for your job-hunting experience, so we made our own definition.

On Flexa, flexible working means: a full-time job that allows you to work from home up to four days/week, or gives you the ability to tailor your working hours to better suit you.

Flexible working on Flexa is not: fully remote working, part-time working, job shares, or freelancing. We think that those are great ways of working too, but there are lots of other terrific platforms out there if you’re looking for that kind of work.

“How do I know that the jobs are actually flexible, and that they’re not just trying to pay me less?”

Firstly, the jobs on Flexa don’t pay less, they pay the same as traditional jobs, they just offer a non-traditional office environment.

Secondly, we genuinely want to improve the way that you work, so we are rigorous in making sure the companies whose jobs we feature have a genuinely flexible working environment. If a company doesn’t align with our values and purpose, then we won’t post their jobs.

The last thing we want is for you to discover you’ll be expected to be in the office every day when you wanted to work from home on Wednesdays and Fridays.

“How can I embrace a flexible working environment in my company?”

Do you think it would be possible to offer your employees some days a week at home or from a location of their choice, e.g. a co-working space? If so, make sure that your employees are set up for success – Microsoft Teams/Sharepoint/Google Hangouts are all great options for staying in touch.

There are dozens of benefits of a flexible working environment, and we’re sure you’ll discover these once you try it out. If you want to write this into employment contracts, then we suggest speaking to a lawyer, of course.

“How do I get in touch with someone about a job I’ve seen?”

If you like the look of a role, then just hit the apply button. We’ll endeavour to get you a response from the employer, even if it’s a ‘not this time’. We don’t enable candidates to contact job posters directly, but if you have any issues then feel free to contact us here at Flexa.

“Why do you offer an anonymous search process for employers?”

When we were brainstorming how Flexa should work, we spoke to a lot of companies to get their input too. Several told us that they really struggled with diversity & inclusion in hiring, as the pools of candidates on traditional job boards were generally very un-diverse.

This gave us an idea – given that Flexa candidates want to work flexibly, they are likely to make up a more diverse group – why not make sticking to diversity & inclusion policies easy by giving the option to anonymise candidate profiles? This means that an employer may choose to anonymise their hiring process to help them avoid discrimination based on race, gender or age.

It’s a sad fact that there’s any discrimination, but if we can help to reduce the discrimination in hiring practices then we’re happy.