A new campaign has been launched by the Flexible Working Task Force to boost flexible working.
Members of the Flexible Working Task Force are collectively using their ability to reach and influence hundreds of thousands of employers to encourage them to advertise jobs as flexible by using the strapline ‘Happy to Talk Flexible Working’in their job advertisements, regardless of level or pay grade.
As part of its efforts to increase uptake, the task force is highlighting the business benefits of flexible working, which include:
- Addressing skill and labour shortages by making work more accessible to older people and those with caring responsibilities, for example:
- Improving productivity by increasing employee motivation.
- Boosting job satisfaction, engagement and well-being, while also helping to reduce sickness absence.
- Helping organisations to retain staff, particularly those with caring responsibilities.
- Creating more diverse workforces which reduces the gender pay gap by giving more opportunities for women to progress into senior roles.
Peter Cheese, CIPD chief executive and co-chair of the Flexible Working Task Force, commented, “Providing more flexible opportunities for how, when and where people work should be part of every organisation’s strategy to attract and retain the talent and skills they need.
“Employers need to consider, and address, the barriers holding them back from adopting flexible working practices more widely – be it entrenched organisational cultures or making sure line managers are trained to support and manage flexible workers.
“By encouraging many more jobs to be advertised as flexible as the default option, the task force is challenging outdated attitudes to flexible working that still prevail in some organisations and laying down a marker for other employers to follow.”