Employees reluctant to request flexible working hours
They found that less than a quarter (23 per cent) of workers have requested flexible working so far despite more than half (54 per cent) being aware of the government’s right to request legislation that came into force on 30 June 2014.
The main reasons that employees cited for not taking up their right to work flexibly were:
• A lack of trust (31 per cent)
• A business culture that doesn’t encourage working away from the office (28 per cent) and
• A lack of technology to facilitate it (20 per cent).
The firm surveyed 2,000 UK workers and the findings show that employer reluctance to embrace the legislation is set to continue, with only 12 per cent of workers believing their organisation would support flexible working in 2015.
This is despite enabling employees to work flexibly has many proven business benefits (Read: 6 reasons why flexible working is great for your business on Carval's blog).