Staff slow to take up work-life options

UK employees are failing to take up work-life balance options, according to a new report.

The study by the independent Institute for Employment Studies, Work-life Balance: Beyond the Rhetoric, says employers are offering increased options as they recognise the business benefits of the schemes, but employees have not embraced them.

Sally Dench, IES Senior Research Fellow and author of the report, said she found a gap between employees’ demands and take-up of the options.

She said: “Rights to time off and flexible working practices are rarely enough. A change in culture and attitudes within the organisation is necessary for the successful implementation of work-life balance practices.

“If senior managers are serious about promoting work-life balance they need to be proactive. It rarely happens without positive leadership from above.”


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