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Employers 'should provide more encouragement' for flexible working

Published: Tuesday, 27 July 2010   Category: Employer News

Employers should be doing more to afford their staff the chance to participate in flexible working, according to a prominent independent authority.

Stephen Overell, associate director at the Work Foundation, noted that there is "very strong" demand from Britons to be given more freedom over where they work.

He explained that although the UK has been quickly adopting the practice in recent years, some employers are still not realising the benefits it can offer for both parties.

"Employers have changed quite quickly over the last few years and flexible working is really not that old," he said.

"But it is true that there is an awfully long way to go and I think in the future we will see much more adoption of flexible working."

Mr Overell was speaking after a recent report by Hays revealed that almost half (46 per cent) of UK workers say their current employer does not encourage flexible working.

On the other hand, the research also showed that 55 per cent of employers welcome plans for legislation requiring them to offer the privilege to their workforce.ADNFCR-1068-ID-19909560-ADNFCR

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