The charity Working Families has revealed the UK’s most flexible and family-friendly companies. Its annual list featured large and small companies who were championing flexible working and who attracted the best talent as a result of family-friendly policies.Whether businesses like it or not, flexible working is here to stay. It is designed to bring a raft of benefits to employees, supporting their work-life balance and job satisfaction, and it offers employers the chance to improve employee engagement and productivity. But one year since the introduction of the law that allows employees to request flexible working patterns, are businesses truly promoting flexible working? A report in June from consultancy and jobs site Timewise suggested otherwise. It stated that 14.1 million people in Britain wanted more flexibility in their working hours or location to fit in with modern life – equivalent to almost half the working population. Timewise analysed 3.5 million job adverts and found that just 6.2 per cent both mentioned a degree of flexibility and offered a salary deemed high enough to live on – the full time equivalent (FTE) of £20,000 or more. Every employee now has a right to request flexible working but there are still barriers for some companies; mainly around trusting people to be working as productively from home. Successful flexible working not only requires a great deal of trust, it also involves good communication and also processes and technology to ensure people can operate as productively and seamlessly as if they were in the office. Read more about flexible working:
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