Despite their legal right to do so, over 20% of UK private sector employees are too afraid to discuss flexible working with their employers because they think the answer will be ‘no’. The findings are published in an Aviva’s Working Lives report.
Employees have the legal right to make a ‘statutory application’ to their employer to change their working pattern. Those aged 35-49 are the most likely to refrain from exercising the their right, despite the challenges some in this age group may face juggling work and family life this is mostly in fear of rejection.
Despite this widespread fear of asking to change their working arrangements, those employees who have initiated a conversation, the vast majority have had their request accepted. Many businesses say they offer the opportunity for flexible working and recognise the clear business benefits to such practise. Such findings suggest a potential disconnect between employees expectations of what employers will allow, and the greater freedom that is actually available to them.
Technological innovation is presenting new ways for businesses to serve customers. Businesses need to rethink the way their employees work and should consider the benefits flexible working could bring in meeting business goals.
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