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Flexible working being used to keep staff motivated

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Flexible working being used to keep staff motivated

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Offering staff the ability to work from home could be an ideal way to keep them motivated, 4-traders.com reports. This suggestion comes from recruitment firm Hays, which said that over two-thirds of employers (64 per cent), say it helps keep engagement and motivation levels high. In addition, 23 per cent of bosses said that offering home working helped the business keep hold of good staff members who may otherwise look for jobs elsewhere. As this trend becomes more commonplace and widely-understood, the number of firms offering flexible working look set to rise - which could also prompt an increase in the number of employees looking at options like garden offices in which they can work. Currently, 69 per cent of employers are thought to offer their staff the option of flexible work, of which 66 per cent is flexitime; whilst 54 per cent offer reduced hours and 50 per cent provide a working from home option. Commenting on the figures, regional managing director at Hays, Pam Lindsay-Dunn, explained that whilst the trend was a positive one, businesses should still be sure they have put measures in place to make the transition to flexible working positive for everyone involved. "There has been a clear shift in employer attitudes to flexible working over the last few years and they are now actively using this as a tool to motivate and engage their workforce in the absence of pay increases," she told recruitment-international.co.uk. "Despite this new focus, our survey found that over a third (36 per cent) of employers had not adapted their management training to provide additional support to managers who have people working flexibly in their teams. Clear guidelines are needed to ensure that change in working patterns work for both parties."

Author:

David Howells

22nd January 2013