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Happier staff, reduced staff turnover, greater productivity and lower overheads are all key reasons to support flexible working, according to the single parents charity Gingerbread which has launched a Twitter day of action for more agile ways of working.
Gingerbread asked its members what makes an ideal job and a third said being able to work flexibly. It is emphasising that flexible working is a win for employers and employees and has launched a guide, the “Top 10 Reasons to Support Flexible Working”, to make that point.
#FlexiWorkDay aims to push the case for flexible working opportunities, which despite the benefits, remain scarce with many employers continuing to favour traditional 9-to-5 full-time or half-time fixed hours.
Gingerbread says: “We need to get the message out about the transformative impact flexible working can have on businesses and on family life.”
To get involved in the day of action, Gingerbread is asking people to take to Twitter and post their own example of how having the opportunity to work flexibly has made – or could make – a difference to their life, making use of the hashtag #FlexiWorkDay so that the message links up with all the other tweets being sent out.
Gingerbread says: “The more stories and examples we can promote on the day the more powerfully we will be able to demonstrate the difference that flexible working can make to employers and employees alike.”