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Businesses must be better at communicating flexible working policies, says study

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New research has found that businesses need to be better at communicating their flexible working policies, reports smallbusiness.co.uk.

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New research has found that businesses need to be better at communicating their flexible working policies, reports smallbusiness.co.uk.  According to O2, 77 per cent of businesses think that they actively encourage flexible working, however only 19 per cent of staff said they felt encouraged to work flexibly. This could include working hours that fit around their lifestyle better, or work from home - in an interior room or garden office. The telecommunications company quizzed 2,000 employees from 400 businesses as part of the research. The data also found that despite over half (54 per cent) of employers saying they provided the right equipment, only a third of employees agreed. Men were found to be the most common flexible workers - with 30 per cent more working flexible hours than women. The research follows an experiment carried out by O2 last year, which saw all of the company's staff at its HQ work from home for a day during the London Olympics. Talking about the research, Ben Dowd, business director of the company, told computerworld.com: "Just six months since Britain's biggest flexible working opportunity, the Olympics, it's shocking that less than one fifth of people feel they are encouraged to work flexibly." He continued: "Businesses must sit up and take notice of this critical evolution in employee behaviour and create a business culture equipped to support it."

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Samantha Bartlett

22nd February 2013