Feeds

Bosses and workers split over flexi-working

Surprised? We didn't think so

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable

Parents and business bosses are firmly split over the benefits of working from home, new research reveals.

According to the Microsoft-commissioned study, flexi-working benefits are as high a priority as salary size to working parents but this demand was causing a conflict with 70 per cent of UK employers who were reluctant to free staff from the office, fearing the impact it would have on productivity and profits.

The survey also revealed this rift between staff and bosses is likely to continue as more workers looked to take advantage of the flexible working legislation introduced in April which gave all parents with children under six the right to apply to work away from their office.

With 3.7 million UK parents falling into this category, this legislation is expected to have a major impact on business culture.

Mike Pryke-Smith, medium business marketing manager at Microsoft, said UK businesses needed to wake up to flexi-working.

“I know from experience that bringing up children is a full time job in itself, parents need help balancing the 24/7 with 9-to-5 and business really needs to consider this.

“Introducing flexi-working will mean a major cultural change for an organisation, but if in the long term it helps the business benefit more from a 3.7 million strong, highly skilled workforce, then that’s a change for the better,” he said.

The study also discovered firms, which had introduced flex-working policies, had reported a number of advantages such as higher productivity, greater job satisfaction, lower staff turnover and lower absenteeism.

“Now that government legislation is in place flexible working is here to stay, two months on parents are obviously keen to embrace it but for businesses the move towards a flexi-working policy is still clearly a difficult decision.

“Flexi-working can certainly make a big difference to the culture of a business but predominately in a positive ways – there are clear long term benefits that I would urge employers to grasp now,” added Pryke-Smith.

© Startups.co.uk is the biggest independent small business site in the UK. It has more than 2500 articles covering everything from taking on staff to dealing with VAT.

Using blade systems to cut costs and sharpen efficiencies

More from The Register

next story
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Nadella: Apps must run on ALL WINDOWS – PCs, slabs and mobes
Phone egg, meet desktop chicken - your mother
White? Male? You work in tech? Let us guess ... Twitter? We KNEW it!
Grim diversity numbers dumped alongside Facebook earnings
Microsoft: We're making ONE TRUE WINDOWS to rule us all
Enterprise, Windows still power firm's shaky money-maker
HP, Microsoft prove it again: Big Business doesn't create jobs
SMEs get lip service - what they need is dinner at the Club
ITC: Seagate and LSI can infringe Realtek patents because Realtek isn't in the US
Land of the (get off scot) free, when it's a foreign owner
Dude, you're getting a Dell – with BITCOIN: IT giant slurps cryptocash
1. Buy PC with Bitcoin. 2. Mine more coins. 3. Goto step 1
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.