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Flexible working now commonplace around UK offices


Almost all UK offices are being boosted by flexible working initiatives, new figures show.

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Almost all UK offices are being boosted by flexible working initiatives, new figures show. A report from the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) reveals that 94 per cent of UK organisations currently allow their staff to work when they want and where they want, providing they make up their required number of hours. Adoption is thought to be high among employees, as the survey of more than 1,000 British managers found that 50 per cent believe flexible working has become standard practice where they work. According to, the vast majority (82 per cent) of company leaders acknowledged the business benefits attached to flexible working. Two thirds (65 per cent) said it had improved commitment to the organisation, while four fifths (78 per cent) said it boosted their staff retention. Other readings hinted that women were the most likely to be found plying their trade outside of the traditional workplace, either in garden offices or just in the comfort of their own home. said 90 per cent of women surveyed claimed to work flexibly, compared to 88 per cent of men.  Charles Elvin, chief executive of the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) said he was glad to see just how widespread flexible working has become. "Work used to be the place you turned up to - now, it's increasingly something you can do anywhere, at any time. "This is because more and more employers are recognising that a flexible approach to how, where and when their employees work offers real business benefits, including increased staff engagement, reduced overheads and the ability to meet their customer needs more fully."


Richard Towey

5th March 2013