UK executives too scared to ask for flexible working

research has revealed that around half of UK executives questioned believe they
are allowed to work flexibly, but almost a quarter are too scared to ask.

poll of 100 executives found that 53 per cent were allowed to work flexibly, 51
per cent were entitled to a sabbatical and 40 per cent were permitted to take
unpaid leave.

flexible working is cited by employers as a valuable working practice, 47 per
cent of those questioned were too scared to ask for it.

research, by outsourcers Black Mountain, suggests respondents felt that asking
for flexible working arrangements might harm their promotion prospects.

By Ross Wigham

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