Flexible working could become a more common practice in organisations across all sectors in the UK following a government consultation, an expert has suggested.
Ben Willmot - senior policy adviser at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), which has more than 135,000 members in 120 countries worldwide - has praised the Conservative-Liberal Democrat alliance's decision to commit to a consultation on the possible extension of the right to request flexible working to all employees.
Mr Willmot noted that this represents a welcome change to the government's attitude after it recently repealed original proposals to include the parents of older children in flexible working legislation as of April of this year.
He explained that the CIPD recognises that multiple changes to the law are "not helpful" but added that flexible working can be a "sensible employee retention and motivation strategy that can boost organisational performance" when implemented in the right way.
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