Periodically clients ask me to assist them with a request for flexible working. Typically, it is a reactive process and if granted, seen by the employer as a concession.
Interesting then that Timewise have just published research that shows that most employees now work flexibly, taking into account those who often work from home and staff on reduced hours.
A survey of more than 3,000 people found that 63 per cent of permanent, full-time employees now work flexibly.
Seven out of 10 millennials working full-time now do so flexibly, according to the research, and men (84 per cent) are almost as likely to want to work part-time or flexibly as women (91 per cent).
Additionally, a quarter (25 per cent) of full-time workers said they would prefer to work part-time, even allowing for a reduced salary. Recent analysis of Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures suggested the UK now has more people who would like to reduce their hours than those looking for additional hours.
Despite all this, apparently only one in 10 job advertisements mention working flexibly.
The point of the research for me is this: Is it now time for employers to face reality and see flexible working as part of their attraction and retention strategy, rather than a reactive concession? What do you think?
David Cawthorne, Cedar Human Resources