BriefingBMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7144.3 (Published 23 May 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:S3-7144
As the article opposite makes plain, the potential demand for flexible working patterns in doctors considerably outstrips the supply of posts. Yet even in areas where flexible working has been widely adopted, problems remain. A recent survey of both flexible workers and their managers reported in IRS Employment Trends (1998;654:2) found that managers valued honesty about intentions above all else, while the flexible employees wanted to be able to choose work patterns that fitted other commitments, not to lose out on communication, and to have their external commitments respected. Videoing meetings, circulating newsletters, and a full time ‘buddy' system are suggested as tactics that can serve needs of both sides.