19TH CENTURY CULTURE HOLDING BACK DEVELOPMENT OF FLEXIBLE WORKING
A study commissioned by City & Guilds and the Institute of Leadership and Management has found that although 73 per cent of managers have some flexible working in their organisation, further development is at risk because of the culture of ‘presenteeism’. This is an anachronism from the 19th century where management require staff to be at the place of work for them to be considered as ‘working’.
The study reported that three-quarters of respondents believed workers that worked flexibly were more productive. This reinforces findings from BT earlier this year that reported a 20 per cent increase in productivity when smarter working practices were introduced.
The Work Wise UK Quality Mark was launched earlier this year to help organisations and managers looking at adopting smarter working practices. The new quality mark is assessed using the Work Wise UK Standard, which has been developed over a 12-month period, in collaboration with the TUC, Transport for London, HBOS, NHS, BT and the Association for Commuter Transport. The first of its kind in the UK, the standard provides a framework for the successful reform of working practices, as well as access to a national network of advisers to assist in the process.