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Prejudice still very much an obstacle to flexible working

UK companies are still slow to adopt best practice on issues such as parental leave, caring responsibilities and family commitments; 75 percent of employees find it difficult balancing family commitments with their work, causing an uplift in national stress, and companies are failing to support these employees.

Contributor: Helen Smith | Published: 12 October 2018

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One in three workers let down by lack of flexibility and support

A third of UK workers believe they are not given the flexibility and support they need to do their job properly, according to a YouGov survey. The survey of 1174 UK employees, which questioned their true thoughts about their employers and company culture, found that 32 percent of employees don’t receive the option to work flexibly.

Contributor: Asimina Stamatiou | Published: 4 October 2018

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Flexible working is the most sought-after benefit for working parents

UK parents will increasingly demand flexible working options from employers to enable them to spend more time with their family, new research suggests. The survey found that 85% of British working parents would forfeit other benefits to take up flexible working, with 81% surveyed believing the top benefit is a better work-life balance. 

Contributor: Richard Morris | Published: 2 October 2018

Flexible working stigma must end  

Research from YouGov shows that the majority of workers want to have some sort of flexibility in their work, with more than half wanting to deviate away from the traditional 9 to 5 routine. It has also been shown that just under half of workers are already working flexibly one way or another.

Contributor: Heejung Chung | Published: 23 August 2018

Calls for more flexibility in apprenticeships as numbers drop again

Given the expected drop in new apprenticeship starts tomorrow, and the fact that around 90 percent of the levy remains unspent, the City & Guilds Group has called upon Government to listen to employers by allowing more flexibility in how the apprenticeship levy is spent. This is vital to ensure apprenticeships remain a viable skills solution for businesses.

Contributor: Kirstie Donnelly | Published: 16 June 2018

Flexible working must not just focus on female talent

Organisations must encourage a culture of flexibility across the workforce, or risk negatively impacting employee engagement levels and the ability to attract and retain top talent. A report from the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee, Fathers in the Workplace, recommends that all new jobs should be advertised as flexible to reflect societal change.

Contributor: Paul Modley | Published: 12 April 2018

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Flexible working could be more important than financial incentives

New research from HSBC[i] has highlighted that flexible and remote working practices are more likely to motivate staff and increase workplace productivity than financial incentives. Nine out of ten (89%) employees surveyed claimed that flexible working is their number one motivator to boost their productivity at work, compared with 77% of respondents who said financial incentives would motivate them

Contributor: Adrian Lewis | Published: 8 January 2018

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Are younger employees being excluded from flexible working?

Following recent reports which show the UK falling behind in the global drive for flexible working, new research from Michael Page has revealed that more than 8 in 10 (84 percent) office based millennial employees do not work from home in an average working week - with 82 percent of those saying they are not able or allowed to. Comment Oliver Watson, Executive Board Director for UK and North America at PageGroup.

Contributor: Oliver Watson | Published: 18 August 2017

Freelancers’ confidence plummets to lowest level

Driven by Brexit and government policy, the confidence of the UK’s two million freelancers has plummeted to the lowest level on record, according to research conducted by IPSE, the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed. Comment Suneeta Johal, IPSE Head of Research, Education and Training.

Contributor: Suneeta Johal | Published: 14 August 2017