For more than 25 years I have been implementing flexible working for clients. Well before the introduction of statutory rights to request flexible working, I worked with clients and their staff to improve productivity by ensuring staff were not at work when there was no real demand for their time and family and leisure friendly work patterns could be developed. A real win – win.
Many times, employers were initially reluctant to embrace a new way of working but after 12 months or so after implementation, without exception, none of my clients wanted to go back to the old way of working. And neither did staff.
So, I was not in the least surprised at a new piece of research which shows that employers that embrace flexible working will reap the benefits of happy and motivated employees.
The research, by Powwownow, showed that many employers still struggle with the concept of flexible working, but their staff are firmly on board with it: 75 per cent of UK employees surveyed said this option would make a job more attractive.
Eighty-one per cent of women and 69 per cent of men said flexible work was appealing. Millennials were the most likely to want flexibility, with 70 per cent saying they would be keen, compared to 47 per cent of those aged over 55.
The increased demand for flexible working is perhaps unsurprising: 42 per cent of those surveyed said they felt they didn’t have enough time during the week for hobbies or spending time with loved ones. Generation Z (those born after the mid-1990s) were the least likely to have time for activities outside work, with 48 per cent saying work takes up most of their time.
So, employers, if you want to increase your efficiency and have a motivated workforce who want to stay with you, how about “thinking outside of the box”?
David Cawthorne, Cedar Human Resources