A third of UK office workers are still not offered flexible working
This is according to a new study by the PowWowNow Smarter Working Initiative, commissioned for the 5th anniversary of the statutory Right to Request Flexible Working legislation which came into force on 30th June 2014.
However, uptake of flexible working across the UK in 2019 is up 14 per cent on 2018, with 68 per cent of office workers now offered it by their employer, compared to 54 per cent last year.
70 per cent of those who haven’t benefitted from flexible working yet wish they had the option of a better work-life balance. Over three quarters (79%) of office workers believe working flexibly would make them more productive, with more than two thirds (68%) claiming they would be more motivated if they had the option to take a more flexible approach to the time they spend in the office and working remotely.
Employers looking to get ahead of the competition should be aware that 81 per cent of UK office workers flexible would find a job more attractive if the employer implemented a flexible working policy, up from 70% in 2018.
Such is the attraction of a more flexible approach to work, a third of employees (35%) would rather benefit from a flexible working policy, giving them a better work-life balance, than receive a pay rise.
The study also found that when it comes to supporting new parents, nearly two thirds (63%) of employers don’t tell new dads-to-be about their right to request Shared Parental Leave (SPL), which came into effect in 2015 and allows new dads to split parental leave evenly with their partner.
Steve Ricketts, Circle Managing Director commented: “Many companies still don’t offer the flexibility that so many employees now expect. Businesses that fail to meet these expectations are at risk of not only not being able to attract the best talent, but also retaining the talent they have! This is particularly so in the recruitment sector, where we are quite unique offering flexible working hours and work from home initiatives for all of our consultants. Following our move to Manchester city centre in July, we have been increasingly inundated with applications to work here, and it is not hard to see why. Over 95% of our staff joined from competitors”.