Expert: Flexible working benefits businesses

15-11-2007

Expert: Flexible working benefits businesses
Flexible working initiatives are good for parents, children and businesses, one expert has said.

Managing director of Swiftwork Lynette Swift has pointed out the many benefits to families from flexible working, as well as the positive aspects for businesses.

"Women benefit most in terms of employment opportunities … and the economy benefits from having access to a larger pool of labour, but also children benefit from having parental input," she said.

Ms Swift added that small businesses tend to gain the most from implementing flexible working schemes.

"Flexibility enables small business to retain their key staff who have valued knowledge and skills," she remarked.

Furthermore, such initiatives would allow workers to look after elderly relatives, something which could be a prominent issue in years to come, Ms Swift noted.

Figures from the Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform show that 43 per cent of flexible working requests are made for childcare reasons.

Related categories: HR / Recruitment.


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