Nearly a quarter of workers request flexible working


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About a quarter (23%) of workers have requested flexible working despite more than half (54%) being aware of the government’s right to request legislation, a study by O2 Business has found.

Employees said the main reasons for not taking up flexible working are a lack of trust (chosen by 31% of those polled), a business culture that doesn’t encourage working away from the office (28%) and a lack of technology to facilitate it (20%).

The survey of 2,000 UK workers indicated employer reluctance to embrace the legislation is set to continue, with only 12% of workers believing their organisation would embrace flexible working in 2015.

O2 Business general manager of SMB Paul Lawton said flexible working has many benefits, such as improving morale, raising levels of employer loyalty and productivity gains. 

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