Globalisation, the changing nature of work and the 24-hour economy means that new ways of working will become an imperative of successful business life. And while flexible working is not just an HR issue, the function will be in the Vanguard of the change. But first there are significant cultural and managerial barriers to overcome. Our report, which begins with research findings, will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to make the leap
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Human resources professionals are caught between a rock and a hard place on the issue of flexible working, according to a new survey, Change. What Change? Employer Views on Flexibility, compiled by flexible work specialist The Resource Connection.
On the one hand, HR professionals concede that the business case for a more flexible approach to work has already been won. Most acknowledge that it would improve productivity and performance, help attract more talented people, reduce absenteeism and employee turnover, and restore a better balance between the home and working environments. Moreover, most believe that the revolution is unstoppable: more flexible working patterns will eventually become the norm. The technology is now in place to support such a move and - perhaps more importantly - it is clear that employees both want and need greater freedom in their working lives.
Yet there is a log-jam. To date, few organisations have committed to a more flexible approach to employment, and most continue to claim there are significant cultural and managerial barriers combining to prevent them from making the leap. There is also widespread concern among HR professionals that they do not have the necessary skills in place to support such a move fully.
The report's authors insist that none of these barriers is insurmountable, and they take the argume