New survey finds many employers attitudes towards flexible working are out of date and at odds with the evidence.
A new survey has painted a dismal picture of the flexible working landscape in the UK.
While more workers desire a flexible working pattern managers are still resistant. That could store up problems as employment experts forecast flexible working is going to be a big trend in 2020.
Comparison site KnowYourMoney.co.uk surveyed over 2000 employees and employers.
The findings showed a mismatch between what the former group wants and what the latter group is willing to grant.
Two fifths of the bosses quizzed said people working remotely aren’t as effective. That’s despite evidence that flexible workers are actually more productive. And half of bosses felt the need to check in with employees working from home to ensure they are actually doing the work. That stat begs questions of recruitment processes that see bosses hire staff they don’t trust.
Nic Redfern, Director of KnowYourMoney.co.uk, said: “It’s no longer good enough to offer employees a decent salary and an impressive company name on their CV. Employers must do more to attract and retain top talent. But our research shows that many are failing in this regard.
“Today, employees yearn for a healthier work-life balance and benefits that will nurture their mental and physical health. It’s surprising, therefore, so many managers are overlooking the benefits of flexible working.
“Working with employees to develop modern flexible working practices, which recognise the needs of both the individual and the business, can bring huge benefits. Not only can this build a healthier and happier workforce, it can also improve the organisation’s productivity.”