It is a well-known fact that flexible working has been on the rise in recent years, and is seen by many as one of the more attractive workplace perks on offer. What you may not have realised however is just how much of an impact the possibility of flexible working arrangements may have on the recruitment and retention of staff.

New research commissioned by Vorwerk has now perfectly highlighted the true impact of such perks, revealing that one-in-ten UK workers would jump ship to another company in order to gain the benefit of flexible working. Furthermore, a significant figure of 29% of respondents said they would like to have a better work life balance, while 9% admitted they would like to work fewer hours in general.

Breaking it down by location, those in the West Midlands are the most likely to seek out jobs and companies which offer flexible working, followed by those in the South West and Yorkshire. The research also went on to reveal that for whatever reason, the desire for flexible working is stronger in men than in women.

The differences between age groups also provides some interesting reading as, although many may expect the youngest members of the workforce to express the greatest demand for flexible working given the world of digital connectivity and instant gratification they have grown up in, the research actually shows that those aged 35-44 are the most eager form flexible working. Following closely behind are those aged 45-54, and only then do the 18-24 year-olds enter the picture.

In terms of wider ambitions, the research also revealed that 61% of respondents would like to run their own business.

Thomas Henningsson, Sales Director for Vorwerk, said of the findings, “We are not surprised with the figures around flexible working to fit around the modern working lifestyle. We are seeing an increasing number of disgruntled employees looking for a fresh start enquiring about direct selling with us.”

Sam Bonson

Sam is an aspiring novelist with a passion for fantasy and crime thrillers. He is currently working as a content writer, journalist & editor as he continues to expand his horizons.
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