63% of firms ‘offer flexible working’

More than six in ten companies across the UK, including those with staff doing marketing jobs, offer flexible working to their employees, new research has revealed.

The study commissioned by Orange found that boosting company morale was the top reason for offering such opportunities, followed by improved productivity and better staff retention.

In addition, the survey found that Sheffield-based organisations were the most likely to allow their workers to put in flexible hours and those in Brighton and Liverpool were the least likely to do so.

Paul Tollet, vice-president of business for Orange UK, said: “It’s great that over half the UK working population is able to take advantage of flexible working.”

He added: “Flexible working doesn’t have to involve significant financial investment from business – just a clear policy to ensure it is offered fairly and a willingness to provide employees with the tools they need to get the job done.”

Recent changes to legislation mean that workers with children under the age of 16 can now request their employers for flexible working arrangements.

(source: http://www.witanjardine.co.uk/news/2204-63%25-of-firms-%27offer-flexible-working%27)

Richard Reid is the founder of Pinnacle Proactive, Specialising in the Employee Assistance ProgramStress ManagementStaff Retention & Absenteeism. Take a Proactive Approach to Growing Your Organisation & its People. For more info visit http://www.pinnacleproactive.com

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