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Flexible working not being offered by employers
Three fifths of employees claim they are not encouraged to work flexibly

Just a quarter of the UK’s workforce has been given the option to work flexibly, research finds.

Results of a study by Powwownow suggest that employers will only consider this way of working if employees come to them to ask.

The findings reveal that attitudes haven’t changed much despite the Flexible Working Law which was passed on June 30th 2014, giving all employees the right to request flexible working after 26 weeks' employment service.

Further to this, nearly two thirds (60 per cent) of respondents also claim they are not encouraged to work flexibly and more than half (53 per cent) have worked a total of zero hours outside their office.

Some 62 per cent of people state they would be more productive if they could spend time working outside their usual place of work and 58 per cent admit being able to choose where to work from would help them think more creatively and generally be more motivated.

The findings come as something of a surprise with many UK businesses eager to showcase their flexibility towards staff with young families and other extra-curricular interests, according to Powwownow. 

Although there is certainly scope for further growth, the UK is still well ahead of Europe, as just 6 per cent of workers in France have been offered flexible working.

Jason Downes, managing director of Powwownow says the results help to paint a picture of how UK businesses don’t appear to be as accommodating and flexible as they would have many believe.

'Flexible working has become a key area now when people are looking for a job and companies in the UK face losing the top talent if they don’t adapt to this way of working,' he adds. 

'With the technology now on offer there is no need for people to have to work in an office from 9-5. This is old fashioned and seemingly unproductive and more needs to be done for this to change.'

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Kev Gower

Its crazy that in todays world with todays technology that employers don't embrace this way of working. I can make my employees happier, fit in with their lives outside of work and have equal if not better results that I am getting. There will always be the minority of people who will take advantage of the fact that they aren't being watched over the shoulder but do you want these people working for you anyway? Clear direction, good leadership, trust and measuring the output not the input of hours always wins hands down for me. twitter @kev_gower https://uk.linkedin.com/in/kevgower

Michael Andrews

I am a carer and I also have High Functioning Autism. I need flexible home working but it is proving to be impossible. I have a Bachelor of Science and 2 further higher diplomas in mathematics and computing but I can't get work. I was made redundant from the NHS last year after 12 years service. I just need something to fit around my care duties. My company website is data-handy-ltd.com.

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