UK BOSSES are among the most understanding in Europe, when it comes to negotiating family-friendly working hours.
The Establishment Survey on Working Time by the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound), put Britain fourth among 21 EU states in terms of the number of companies offering flexible working time. At 57%, the UK came behind Latvia and Sweden at 66% and Finland at 62%. But UK companies led the league for agreeing to vary the start and end times of the working day.
Among 21,000 companies, 74% of those managers who’d adopted flexible working as a way of improving employees’ work-life balance reported an increase in staff job satisfaction, although 21% did not.
Of those companies where a reduction in overtime was among the reasons for the introduction of flexi-time, 76% reported a reduction of paid overtime as one of the outcomes.
But bosses were not entirely altruistic. Nearly half of them had adapted working hours to suit the company’s workload rather than the staff’s and it had achieved the desired result in more than 80% of cases.