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Can You Help With a Survey on Flexible Working? January 30, 2007

Posted by liverpoolchamber in Business.

Employers in the UK are offering a wide range of working patterns to increasing numbers of staff. This is not primarily because they are required to do so by legislation evidence suggests that the great majority of employers offer flexible working to all employees.

Many companies recognise the benefits not only to their staff but to their business. When employers provide flexible working opportunities, this is good for recruitment and retention and helps build an engaged workforce, all of which translates into improved profitability.

However some employers find it hard to see how they can offer flexible working to staff without putting at risk delivery of production or service targets, or causing resentment among other employees. In order to provide practical guidance in this area, our national body, the British Chambers of Commerce is undertaking joint research in conjunction with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). This will explore how smaller companies are adopting flexible working practices, and how they are dealing with the practical issues.

We are looking for companies that have made significant progress towards opening up opportunities for flexible working to their staff and would be happy to discuss their experience with researchers from the CIPD. We anticipate that this will involve discussions with a small number of managers and employees, lasting no more than half a day in all, in each of the companies selected. We are looking to draw case studies from both manufacturing and services, and to get a reasonable spread in terms of geographical location and company size.

If you would be interested in discussing this research with a view to taking part, please email policy@liverpoolchamber.org.uk. The deadline for collection of contact details for potential case studies is Monday the 12th February 2007.


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