Flexible working is on the up… for bosses

While 83 per cent of firms are offering flexible working to staff, nearly 40 per cent only extend the privilege to senior staff, a survey by workplace provider Regus shows.

The advantages of flexible working are clear: 40 per cent of firms report improved staff productivity, 67 per cent say staff achieve a better work-life balance, and – crucially – 55 per cent of firms say it saves them money.

Plus, as the cost of petrol spikes, your employees will be happy to cut down on their regular commute.

“That flexible work has become the norm is good news,” says Celia Donne, regional director at Regus. “But by basing the right to flexibility on seniority, some firms are missing huge opportunities – and may even alienate new talent. It’s disappointing to still see some companies letting trust issues hold them back from flexi-working for all employees.”

Flexible working doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to move out of your fixed office location and set up shop inside a Regus office; it just means making it easier for your workers to work from home or on-the-go. Flexibility in location is proven to help businesses access a wider talent pool and attract staff based in remote areas. So why just allow flexible working to senior staff?

Come on, Britain, what are you afraid of?

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