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Employees motivated by increased flexible working options, says minister

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Employment relations minister Jo Swinson has claimed that employers could boost staff motivation through increasing flexible working options, according to buzzconferencing.com.

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Employment relations minister Jo Swinson has claimed that employers could boost staff motivation through increasing flexible working options, according to buzzconferencing.com. Ms Swinson was talking at the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) and Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) briefing, which took place on Monday (April 29th). She said that more businesses needed to start changing their 'traditional working cultures' and claimed that as well as boosting motivation, flexible working could also help employees' health as well as economic measures. According to hrmagazine.co.uk, Ms Swanson said at the event: "I believe [flexible working and shared parental leave] will be economically beneficial to employers. With these measures workers are more likely to be happy in work, you'll see reduced sickness absence, improvement in mental health issues and will result in more motivated and healthy workers." Ms Swinson also added the current working system is "stuck in the 1950s", claiming that many businesses are still clinging on to old stereotypes. Flexible working could help many parents who struggle with looking after their children around traditional office hours. It could include doing more convenient hours, or even working from home, perhaps from a garden office or some other space. Also at the event was Anne Sharp, chief executive of ACAS, who agreed with Ms Swinson, adding: "Flexible working is about modernising the workforce."

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Samantha Bartlett

1st May 2013