Staff more likely to stay when given more flexible options

July 26th, 2010 - 12:22 pm ICT by ANI  

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London, July 26 (ANI): Companies are more likely to retain
their staff for long if they offer more flexible options, such as working from
home, according to a new report.

A survey of almost 700 employees by recruitment firm Hays
found that majority of people think that flexible working improved work-life
balance, often taking it into account when choosing a job.

Over one-third of public sector staff said their employer encouraged
flexible working, compared with just 18 per cent in private firms.

“Employers and their staff see flexible working
policies as a positive move but more needs to be done to make sure these are
implemented in the workplace,” the Scotsman quoted Charles Logan, director at
Hays, as saying.

“Our research indicates that employers offer flexible
working options to support their employees, with a comparatively small number
saying they adopt flexible working simply to conform to current legislation,”
he added.

TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said: “The right
to request flexible working is not only proving popular with employees, this
survey shows it offers business benefits such as better morale and staff
retention.” (ANI)

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