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Expert highlights importance of flexible working

Expert highlights importance of flexible working

Flexible working practices should form a crucial part of all organisations' policies in order to keep their workers happy in the aftermath of the global economic downturn, an expert has suggested.

Following the recession, many companies have been forced to freeze their pay awards and make redundancies, but Paul Roberts, healthcare consultant at IHC, has noted that one way in which bosses can encourage their team members to pull in the same direction is by permitting flexibility.

In recent times, the government has considered making alterations to the country's employment law with regard to this area and Mr Roberts has insisted it is important for firms to recognise the need to adapt to the modern-day business environment.

He added that a "firm but fair line" on absence management and flexible working should therefore be drawn up.

These comments came after research by PwC last week (April 26th) revealed that absenteeism costs British businesses £32 billion annually.

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Posted by Richard Saunders