Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Employers still resisting flexible working

As reported in various places (including Personnel Today), a whopping seven out of every 10 employers admit they 'never or occasionally' accept requests to work from home. The new Labour Market Outlook survey of 735 UK employers was released by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and Gerwyn Davies, policy adviser at the CIPD, said: "Inflexible approaches to homeworking risk restricting the competitiveness and growth of UK organisations if employer and managerial mindsets do not change." Of those employers in the survey offering homeworking, just 8% felt homeworkers were less productive than colleagues in traditional offices, just under a third said they were more productive, and just under two-thirds that there was no difference.

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