We are hearing on a regular basis that businesses are embracing flexible working in their culture, but are they really?
New research has revealed that there is still an employer - employee discrepancy in companies where flexibility really isn't being embraced.
O2 carried out research and have found that from the businesses studied, 80% of employers insist that flexibility is being enforced but a staggering 20% of the workforce can only agree.
Employees are demonstrating their eagerness for working differently, but this is being disrupted by their companies who are not acting fast enough once they have committed to a flexible working culture.
Workforces questioned feel that productivity would increase if they could work different patterns and that flexible working is more important nowadays than holidays and pay. Company bosses are failing to react to this.
Ben Dowd, business director at O2, said such data is "shocking".
"Businesses must sit up and take notice of this critical evolution in employee behaviour and create a business culture equipped to support it," he added.
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The Coalition have just yesterday published an overhaul in the law which plans to change the rights of men which will enable the sharing of maternity leave.
The maternity rules currently allow the mother to take up to 52 weeks maternity leave. 39 weeks can be paid at varying rates. Basically the mother must take up to two weeks leave, however after this timeframe, they can openly nominate that their husband or partner to take some or all of the remaining time off. The liability of confirming arrangements will fall with the employers of both parents to ensure there is no doubling up. There has already been major concerns from small businesses who believe they will be largely effected, mainly by large costs.
The illusion of mothers staying at home will begin to shift even further, as more women may opt to return to work earlier and a higher percentage of men will decide to take time off to be with their children. There is already estimated to be between two and eight percent of eligible fathers to take up the offer of extra leave, purely as they earn more money in the household.
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