Many employers still struggle with the concept of flexible working, but their staff are firmly on board with it: 75 per cent of UK employees surveyed by Powwownow said this option would make a job more attractive.
Eighty-one per cent of women and 69 per cent of men said flexible work was appealing. Millennials were the most likely to want flexibility, with 70 per cent saying they would be keen, compared to 47 per cent of those aged over 55.
The increased demand for flexible working is perhaps unsurprising: 42 per cent of those surveyed said they felt they didn’t have enough time during the week for hobbies or spending time with loved ones. Generation Z (those born after the mid-1990s) were the least likely to have time for activities outside work, with 48 per cent saying work takes up most of their time.
Jason Downes, managing director of Powwownow, says he has seen a considerable improvement in engagement and productivity in his firm’s workforce since it started encouraging flexible work.
“Employers will reap the benefits of a team that feels appreciated and understood. Flexible working is often misinterpreted, and that’s why we actively encourage our staff to have the flexibility they need day-to-day, without hindering their overall output.
“It’s important that employers recognise a happy, motivated workforce will be a real asset to them and reward them in the long-term.”