Friday, 11 November 2011
Prospective employees are increasingly being drawn by the lure of flexible working, after new research showed that nearly half of all British adult workers would appreciate a more fluid work schedule.
Nearly 50 per cent of the workers polled by research body, YouGov, said that they want to work more flexibly. Only 17 per cent of the respondents said that they preferred a static working set up and would reject flexible working outright.
The figures also showed that a third of the people polled said that a flexible working schedule would likely make them more productive and that it would be something they would be looking for when looking for a new job or when being targeted for recruitment. Some 43 per cent also said that it would make them less stressed.
Helen Wells, the director of charity Business in the Community's diversity campaign Opportunity Now said that flexible working had become a credible and often desirable option for both employees and employers.
"For too long flexible working has been seen as a 'Mummy track', a benefit for working mothers," she explained. "This research makes it clear that both women and men want greater flexibility at work, and that businesses benefit from that flexibility, with increased productivity and happier, less stressed employees."
However Geoff Newman from online recruitment agency RecruitmentGenius.com questions the commercial viability of offering flexible working.
“Naturally everyone would rather work when they want. But this doesn’t mean its good for business. Most small businesses cannot afford the extra expense of recruiting and training addition staff required to operate a nine-to-five business. Furthermore customers would lack of continuity of business relationships. All this puts businesses who offer flexible working at a disadvantage.”