Employers at larger companies are being urged to formalise flexible working processes for their employers in light of growing fears that some firms might be headed for trouble unless guidelines are put in place.
New research carried out by Orange shows that a quarter of all workers in the UK have an informal flexible working arrangement with their employer while under a third (29 per cent) have a formal agreement.
Almost half (47 per cent) have no flexible working at all.
Following these reports experts argue that problems could be in store for those employers ho have failed to formalise flexible working, with a lack of detail potentially causing confusion in the future.
"Employers who simply permit or tolerate flexibility, but do not issue any clarification in this area, may be sleepwalking into unforeseen issues," explained researcher Philip Goad to Personnel Today.
Recent reports from the Equal Opportunities Commission highlighted the UK as having the lowest flexible working provision throughout Europe.