Employers urged to approve more requests for flexible working
Employers should reconsider their policies towards flexible working or risk losing valuable, highly-skilled employees, a recent survey has been able to reveal.
One in five working mums have been forced to leave their jobs after their request to work flexibly was rejected, according to research from specialist jobs website Workingmums.co.uk.
The survey with more than 2,300 working mothers revealed that 38 per cent of respondents still on maternity leave would not return to their jobs if flexible working wasn’t granted and 47 per cent were unsure what they would do.
Results showed that 58 per cent said it was the most important factor for their career progression, up from 52 per cent in 2014, confirming the importance of this flexible option for women with children.
The right to request flexible working was extended to all employees last year but the policy has a less rigid timetable for employers and no statutory right to appeal if a request is turned down.
Workingmums.co.uk founder Gillian Nissim commented on the findings, pointing out the dangers of refusing flexible working options: “The impact of refusing flexible working requests is a real business issue. You can see from the survey figures organisations are losing talent,” she said. “They are losing people they’ve spent time and money training, people with knowledge about the business. On top of that these women want to work, there’s a real appetite among mums to continue working.”
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