The Government have recently announced plans to try and improve flexible working options available to UK professionals.
In response to a recent “Family Friendly Taskforce” report, MPs have revealed that flexible or part-time working arrangements should be made available for all roles in a business, unless there are practical reasons why this is simply not possible.
The Secretary for Work and Pensions, Yvette Cooper, announced that a taskforce of business leaders and organisations will be appointed to champion the case for flexible working within the private sector.
“Helping people into jobs, which also meet the needs of their family, is a really important way to tackle poverty and help parents build a better life for their children.”
She went on to add that currently there is a shortage of quality flexible job options available, making it increasingly difficult for parents who would like to work but can’t due to responsibilities at home.
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has welcomed the move by the Government. Ben Willmot, Senior Public Policy Advisor, commented that professionals are much more likely to settle down with a company that allows alternatives to the traditional 9 till 5 working day.
“Employees who are satisfied with their work/life balance are more likely to be satisfied with their job.”
Despite this he also warned that flexible working should only apply when it is practically possible, and the needs to the business should come first.