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Managers are positive about flexible working

More than half of managers say they are likely to let staff work flexibly - proving the recession is not having an adverse affect on flexible working practices.

Just over a month after legislation was introduced allowing 4.5 million more parents to request flexible working, 57% of managers said they would allow staff to work flexibly and 59% of employees revealed they would like to work from home, despite the recession; only 15% would be less inclined to work from home, given the current climate, and only 8% of employers would be less likely to encourage flexible working.

The least likely age group to ask for flexible working, according to research from communication headsets manufacturer Plantronics, was 16-25 year-olds, with 18% saying they would be ‘much' less likely to do so. But of those older than 55, 69% would still request flexible working.

Another report, from communications solutions provider Avaya, shows 69% of employees are currently not taking advantage of the flexible opportunities even though 96% of staff who work from home save time through not commuting - adding up to a total of 39 days every year per worker.