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Flexible working is most-desired benefit

Summary

55 per cent of people want their employer to implement flexible working, wsandb.co.uk reports.

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55 per cent of people want their employer to implement flexible working, wsandb.co.uk reports. The opportunity to work away from the office - perhaps in a fully functional garden office - at hours that suit the individual has become increasingly important for workers. It promotes work-life balance and can signal the end to an arduous commute, both of which are huge benefits. That's certainly the opinion of the majority of British workers polled by investment and protection society, Engage Mutual. Its survey discovered that so highly-prized is flexible working, that nine per cent of women and 12 per cent of men said they would turn down a job offer from a company that didn't promote it. The news for employers, according to Engage Mutual's Helen Smith, is that financial benefits are no longer the be all and end all: "Offering sought-after benefits can be crucial in retaining and attracting staff and in some cases manage absenteeism. "Introducing some basic perks that provide instant value for employees is a good way to boost morale without a substantial investment," she told grapevine.com. The study of over 1,200 British employees found that after flexible working, company pension provisions and healthcare were the second/third most-valued benefits that an employer could offer.

Author:

Elizabeth Smythe

24th May 2012