Businesses across the country are adopting flexible working patterns in an attempt to reduce unauthorised absences.
This year’s CIPD/Simplyhealth Absence Management Survey revealed that absences have reached an average of 7.6 days per employee, which is an increase on last year and matches the 2010-2011 figures.
In the most recent survey, 85% of employers said they’d adjusted working patterns this year, compared to 65% last year. Of those who have implemented flexible working patterns or changes to working hours, 70% of businesses reported a positive impact on employee motivation and engagement. A further 46% said they were using flexible working to support employees with mental health problems.
Dr. Jill Miller, co-author of the report, said “It’s fantastic to see employers recognising the benefits of increased flexible working opportunities. And it’s not just about benefits for employers in terms of being able to attract and retain talented people – over 50% of employees report that flexible working helps them achieve a better work-life balance generally, also citing that it makes them healthier, more productive and reduces the amount of time that they take off sick.”