Study highlights positive impact of flexible working
The vast majority of employers (96%) offer some form of flexible working, with part-time work being the most popular. All large employers offer flexible working to some employees, as do 95% of medium-sized employers. Whilst there is a legal right to request flexible working (those with caring responsibility) nearly two-thirds of employers have provided this right to all employees. Thereby exceeding any statutory obligations.
The report found that a high proportion of both men and women used flexible working. Overall women took slight more advantage of flexible working opportunities, and were more likely to work part-time. Whereas men tended to use other types of flexible working to a greater extent, e.g. flexitime, working from home or mobile working.
Employers reported that flexible working had a positive impact in a number of areas, including, staff retention, employee motivation and employee engagement.
From an employee perspective positive impacts were identified in work-life balance, managing caring responsibilities for children or parents, reducing time-off and increased productivity.
The CIPD’s employee engagement index cites a strong association between employees achieving the right balance between work and home lives and engagement at work. In this index 79% of engaged employees agree or strongly that they achieve the right balance between their work and home lives.
Henkel also offers its employees a variety of flexible working opportunities. Globally, our employees take advantage on the whole variaty of flexible working hours, part-time work, home offices, job sharing, etc.