Abstracts: June 26th, 2003

The survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development reveals that 90% of respondents say that work-life balance is a high priority for their workforces. In contrast HR practitioners identify working flexible hours or reduced hours as one of the factors most likely to impede career progression. And three times as many HR practitioners felt that working long hours is positive for a person’s career (32%) as those who thought it was negative (11%). This gap between aspiration and reality may explain why a similarly large majority of HR practitioners report that ‘the career expectations of young people now entering the workforce offer a huge challenge for organisations going forward’. The findings show that organisations need to adapt their career management practices to the twenty-first century and reflect the changing and diverse needs of theirworkforces. Carers, part-time workers and those who take career breaks are penalised under the current structure.Published by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development√ā¬† http://www.cipd.co.uk