According to a new survey by the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM), flexible working in the UK is now offered by 94% of businesses.
The ‘Flexible Working: Goodbye nine to five’ report has found that contracting has become the ‘norm’. Of the 1,000+ managers surveyed, 73% stated that their organisation was supportive of flexible working and 62% said that they had senior managers acting as role models for working flexibility.
Contractors will be interested to hear that two thirds of those surveyed said that flexible working increased commitment to the business and 78% said that it helped to retain staff.
Chief executive of the ILM, Charles Elvin, said, “We were pleased to see just how widespread flexible working has become, with over nine out of 10 organisations offering it in some form.
“Work used to be the place you turned up to – now, it’s increasingly something you can do anywhere, at any time. This is because more and more employers are recognising that a flexible approach to how, where and when their employees work offers real business benefits, including increased staff engagement, reduced overheads and the ability to meet their customer needs more fully.
“Our research did identify a number of residual cultural barriers, which are preventing some organisations from fully embracing the advantages of flexible working. Negative attitudes towards flexible workers are often prompted by a sense of unfairness and poor communication from senior management on policy. Openness and honesty about flexible working policies can alleviate worries and uncertainty, help to address negativity and highlight the opportunities and advantages to all staff.”
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