Most companies are now offering some form of flexible working scheme, a new report has found.
In fact, 95 per cent of firms provide flexible working hours and 92 per cent said they would consider a request for such terms from any employee, research by the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform has found.
"The way we work is changing and in many cases, it is changing to fit in with people's lives," minister for employment relations Pat McFadden commented.
Retention of key staff is a benefit of flexible working schemes, he added.
"More people want to balance work with family and lifestyle and more employers are increasingly recognising that flexibility helps retain good staff," Mr McFadden said.
Furthermore, 43 per cent of flexible working requests now come from men, proving it is not just women who find it useful.
Flexible working was recently praised by Ann McCracken of the International Stress Management Association who noted that such initiatives can help to reduce stress.