Recession 'changing approaches to flexible working'
The recession is changing the way many companies make use of flexible working, one organisation has claimed.
According to the Trades Union Congress (TUC), although it is still being used to help employees juggle their work-life balance, firms are increasingly seeing it as a way to help cut costs.
Brendan Barber, general secretary of the TUC, said: "Unions and forward-thinking employers see it as a possible solution to coping with the downturn and saving jobs."
He continued by saying that "extending the right to request flexible working may help more employers talk to their staff about how work is organised and help them reap the benefits of a more flexible approach".
Flexible working is also likely to be beneficial for employees as it was announced last month that many commuters are now facing increased train fares.
The price of a train ticket went up by an average of six per cent at the beginning of January.