Almost 90 per cent of all British businesses offer some kind of flexible working arrangements for their staff, according to new research.
The Work and Life survey by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) shows that 69 per cent of firms allow employees to work variable hours, with 38 per cent making provisions for home-based working.
It appears that many employers have seen some form of benefit as a result of such practices, with 71 per cent claming to see an improvement in staff relations, while 58 per cent reported a rise in productivity.
According to BCC director Sally Low, employers now need to look at what else they can do to become even more flexible.
"Those who aren't providing flexibility for their staff lack the management confidence to restructure the way they manage their staff; only advice and support will rectify this, while further regulation will impose a needless and onerous burden," she commented.
The research comes shortly after a study by networking firm Mitel found that one-fifth of managers are worried that employees who engage in flexible working are not doing their job properly.