Managers 'failing to reap all the benefits of flexible working'

Just over a quarter of UK workers say they are prevented from working flexibly by their line manager and around a third think their employer fails to capitalise on all its benefits, according to research by O2.

Just over a quarter of UK workers say they are prevented from working flexibly by their line manager and around a third think their employer fails to capitalise on all its benefits, according to research by O2.

The study of 1,167 UK workers found that 73% said their employer supports flexible working, although 27% believe their organisation’s appraisal system does not support or account for flexible working and the same number feel  they are prevented from working flexibly by their line manager.  Thirty one per cent think their employer takes too narrow a view of flexible working and fails to reap all the potential benefits, including increased productivity, reduced costs and maximising competitiveness.

Some 54% said that flexible working helps with their work-life balance and boosts productivity.Some 70% said that for them flexible working was about flexi hours, with only 39% saying it meant being able to work from home.

David Plumb, general manager for enterprise at O2, said: “For many employees, flexible working has been sacrificed as a result of the growing pressure to be visible in the office.

“With so many organisations facing economic uncertainty, our research suggests large numbers of organisations are missing out on the productivity gains, improved employee and customer engagement, and efficient processes that such flexible working practices can deliver.”





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