A recent YouGov survey discovered that older workers between the ages of 45 and 54 feel that families with children receive preferential treatment when it comes to flexible working applications. The survey commissioned over 1000 people found that just over 25% of employees between this age ground felt that flexible working requests are provided firstly to parents with children.
The findings raise concerns as the government had plans to introduce flexible working for all to reduce hours, however in the recent Queen's speech, there was no mention.
The frustration found amongst this age group is due to the raised hope of them creating a better work-life balance as they prolong their careers. There is concern that this government may have decided to shelve such a benefit.
Flexible working is seen as a real positive for working families, however an extension to other groups within any organisation should be considered. Such policies can't be implemented overnight. Businesses need to observe where they can accommodate polices which benefit all.