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Oxford Instruments has had a four-and-a-half-day week at some of its sites for as long as anyone can remember. Other flexible work patterns are also on offer across the company. HR Director Claire Flint says it helps the organisation to recruit and retain staff in a fiercely competitive market for engineering talent.Read full article
EY is seeing a competitive advantage from giving employees greater control over how, when and where they work. Over the last 2 years, the firm has formalised its approach to flexible working, embedding it in corporate culture through an ambitious change programme.Watch video
“Clients wouldn’t accept it,” is one of the main fears employers have about part time or flexible staff. Fiona Gibson, a managing director at consultancy Accenture, has thrived in a top client-facing role while working part-time for the past 16 years. She explains how to approach client relationships and demonstrate that flexible working can benefit everyone – including the client.Read full article
Many companies suffer a female ‘brain drain’ in middle and senior management. In response to this challenge, Credit Suisse piloted its Real Returns initiative, looking to increase the number of women returning to work after maternity. Juliette Aplin of Credit Suisse reports on the project.
Sue Rissbrook, Supervisory Board Partner at PwC, believes that flexible working is all about talent. She was recruited to PwC on a 3 day week and promoted to Partner on that basis too.Watch video
Timewise research shows that two in five full-time workers in the UK would like the chance to work flexibly. Heather Greig-Smith looks at the role recruiters can play in making this a reality and asks if the sector is fulfilling its duty to businesses.
Small businesses in the UK are leading the field when it comes to flexible working. Large organisations are more likely to have formal policies in place, but a much higher proportion actually work flexibly in businesses with 10 or fewer employees. Journalist Julie Tomlin explores why.Read full article
At a strategic level, business leaders are alert to the need to operate flexible workforces. The challenges of an ageing population, younger workers demanding new ways of working and the need to attract top talent all feed into the trend. However, large organisations can struggle to formulate a business case for flexible working. Heather Greig-Smith asks why they should embrace change.Read full article
Alcoholic beverages giant Diageo is a performance-driven business that uses flexibility to help employees reach their full potential. This approach pays dividends: fuelling individual performance and increasing business success, explains Global Talent Engagement VP Claire MacIntyre.Read full article