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Flexible working requests rejected

Published: Wednesday, 28 May 2008   Category: Life after graduation

Two-thirds of employers rarely or never accept flexible working requests, according to the results of a recent survey.

Research from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and the KPMG Labour Market Outlook (LMO) indicates 69 per cent of employers prefer workers to come into the office, reports the Recruiter Magazine.

Despite this, it is claimed only eight per cent of employers believe employees working from home are less productive than those in the office.

Gerwyn Davies, policy adviser at the CIPD, said employers should be more accommodating when it comes to accepting work-from-home requests.

"The allure of home-working for employees is becoming greater given the stress and rising costs associated with commuting," he said.

Such moves would fit in with the government's recently unveiled plans to increase flexible working options in the UK employment sector.

BT's director of employment policy Caroline Waters told the Work Wise UK summit last week business owners needed to "change their mindset" over flexible work.

She said managers want people to come into the office is "because they think it gives them control", reporting that a suggested 1.1 billion hours are wasted by commuters, including recent graduates, every year.

Figures obtained by Work Wise UK and the AA indicate the average commuter spends almost 29 days each year travelling to and from work.

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