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Olympics to be key work life balance driver

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The London Olympics could be the perfect opportunity for workers to address their work/life balance 'forever', according to the Family and Parenting Institute.

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The London Olympics could be the perfect opportunity for workers to address their work/life balance 'forever', according to the Family and Parenting Institute. Described as a 'watershed moment' for the practice, the adoption of family-friendly flexible working could allow employees to tailor their working hours to suit a family. Furthermore, employers who have implemented the practice could allow workers to stay at home and work from their garden office, for example, in order to avoid a potentially busy/delayed commute during peak times. Dr Katherine Rake, chief executive at the institute, commented on the opportunity the Olympics brings. Cited by peoplemanagement.co.uk, she said: "Flexible working is a key aspect of ensuring London and other UK cities can host events successfully and maintain business-as-usual through the Olympics period. "But beyond this, flexible working during the Olympics could user in a revolution in terms of how we can balance our work and our family lives... flexible working is the key that could change family life forever," she added. Furthermore, additional research from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, - cited by metro.co.uk - suggests that 96 per cent of employers already offer at least one flexible working arrangement to employees, while 70 per cent of firms offer at least three.

Author:

Ashley Curtis

8th June 2012