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Extension of flexible working rights is good for business

Posted by Mairead Walsh on Mon, Nov 12, 2012

CIPD welcomes the UK Government's extension of flexible working rights. They believe it's good for business, and a welcome recognition of a changing world of work. 

The government's decision to extend the right to request flexible working to all employees, following the overwhelming weight of evidence from their Modern Workplacesflexible working consultation process, is a welcome recognition of a changing world of work that will benefit employers and employees alike, according to Peter Cheese, Chief Executive at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Peter Cheese goes onto say "A shift in attitudes to flexible working is a natural reflection of the changing nature of work and the workforce. More flexibility extends the ability of employers to attract, retain and motivate a more diverse workforce, better reflective of the customer base they serve.

"Firms are increasingly finding that they can benefit from a higher level of loyalty, commitment and engagement from workers from a broad base of employees, not just working mothers, if they adopt a more universal approach to considering flexible working. 

"Employers should have nothing to fear and much to gain from embracing this change, and using it as an opportunity to consider how flexible working practices can both attract a more diverse workforce, but also support them better, resulting in better engagement and wellbeing which in turn produces higher levels of productivity and performance."

Flexible working brings many benefits to an organisation including better retention rates, reduced costs and improved productivity. With more and more emphasis on family friendly work policies and work- life balance, organisations are putting steps in place to support employees, whether it is by introducing part-time working, job sharing, home working, annualised hours or flexitime.

Non-monetary perks such as flexible hours and telecommuting options can help attract top talent. While paying employees a high salary can be attractive, research consistently shows that many employees would actually prefer flexible working arrangements.  Softworks provides flexible working solutions to organisations across Europe and North America. Over the last 21 years we have assisted a huge number of organisations introduce flexible working options.  

If you are interested in finding out more about how to implement flexible working and the benefits it can bring to your organisation, feel free to download our paper - Top tips on introducing Flexible working into your organisation

Topics: Flexitime / Flexible Working Hours Arrangement, Flexible Working