Book News: August 4th, 2005

By John Stredwick and Steve EllisThe book highlights the issues surrounding work-life balance and offers practical guidance on how employers can make flexible working work for both the organization and the staff. It warns that if organization and employee needs are not carefully aligned, or one group of employees feel that they are getting a worse deal than another, then there is a danger that the benefits will be outweighed by the costs.

The traditional ‘cradle to grave’ employment pattern, where both sides of the employment relationship were happy to stay together from induction to retirement, is increasingly being challenged. Employers have to prepare policies and practices that will facilitate this change by enabling those who want to join, leave and rejoin the labour market to do so.

Flexible working practices can be advantageous to both organizations and employees. Where people have more control over when and where they work, they are more focused and motivated employees. The introduction of flexible working can also help attract underused groups, such as parents and students, allowing organizations to compete in the war for talent.

Technical developments have made flexible working so much easier with options such as working from home. However there are some drawbacks and technology alone will not make flexible working successful; it merely supports and enhances flexibility.

Published by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. The book is priced at 29.99 pounds and can be ordered from http://www.cipd.co.uk/bookstore