Small businesses embracing flexible working

Monday 14 May 2012

Small businesses are continuing to embrace home and flexible working, a new study has indicated.

Research conducted by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) found that people working for micro and small businesses are most likely to be working flexibly in some way.

Some 90 per cent of micro-business employees have some freedom to choose where and when they work, while 78 per cent of small business employees enjoy this privilege.

Among medium-sized (67 per cent) and large businesses (29 per cent), the number of employees allowed to work flexibly is significantly fewer.

But across the board, companies are starting to recognise the benefits of flexible working, according to CIPD's head of public policy Ben Willmott.

“Our report finds that just three per cent of micro businesses and small businesses, four per cent of medium-sized businesses and five per cent of large businesses have reported problems complying with the existing right to request flexible working," he stated.

"Micro and small employers are more likely than larger organisations to manage flexible working informally rather than through formal policies and procedures, which appears to more than compensate for any lack of formal HR support."

Posted by Sarah Parish