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BT Reveals All At Flexible Working Symposium February 8, 2007

Posted by liverpoolchamber in Events.
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BT’s Director of People and Policy will be the headline guest speaker at a Flexible Work Symposium being put on by the Northwest Development Agency at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall on Tuesday 27 March 2007.

Caroline Waters, whose responsibilities include developing policies for BT’s flexible workforce of 70,000 people, will be delivering a presentation on how BT successfully operates its flexible work programme and the significant benefits it generates.

Since implementing flexible working more than 20 years ago, BT has recorded higher rates of employee productivity, lower absenteeism and reduced overheads. BT homeworkers are 7% happier than their site-based colleagues and 99% of women return to BT after maternity leave, saving the company around £5m per year in recruitment and induction costs.

Over a 12 month period, flexible working has saved BT people the equivalent of 1,800 years commuting with reduced travel costs over the same period amounted to £9.7 million. Add to this the fact that the annual cost to support an office-based desk worker in London is £18,000 a year, compared with the £3,000 price tag of supporting a home worker and the flexible working sums clearly add up.

The event is being organised by the Northwest Development Agency and is supported by the Northwest Flexible Working Group and is free to attend. It is open to HR, IT and Finance executives who are running or considering implementing a flexible working policy.

Peter Connor, regional manager for BT and Chair of the Northwest Flexible Working Group said “We are delighted to be welcoming Caroline to the region. This will be the first time such a detailed presentation on BT’s Flexible Working programme has been delivered outside of London and it’s only right that it should be here in the Northwest as we have a vision to develop the region as the lead location in encouraging and supporting this modern way of working.”

Andrew Halliwell, acting Head of Regional ICT Policy at the Northwest Regional Development Agency and fellow Flexible Working Group member, said “The Northwest Regional Development Agency is supporting this Symposium as we recognise that an increase in flexible working delivers benefit to the region’s economy and environment. We know that the Northwest is already home to thousands of at-home entrepreneurs and employees who are making use of one of the UK’s leading IT infrastructures with over 99.99% broadband coverage across the region and this event will encourage this activity to flourish yet further.”

With presentations from four providers of flexible working products and services, plus an Exhibition, the afternoon event is expected to be a sell-out. There are only 60 places available; for registration details, please visit the England’s North West website to find programme details and a registration form.

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