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Louises Column - The Importance of Flexible Working


What to do as a job is the most important life decision that most people will ever have to make. This outranks other life-defining decisions such as where to live, starting a family, or getting married according to a recent survey.

Thus underlining just how important jobs are to people’s lives. Not only does it enable us to earn the money to provide for our needs, but also allows us to feel part of something.
For individuals to thrive in the future job market, the emphasis must be on skills and continuous learning and development.

Fifteen percent of low skilled workers identify a lack of confidence as the most important reason for poor career development. Building practical experience in the workplace is one way to break through the barrier.
Workers who enter the labour market in a temporary role often progress to a permanent job. A recent jobs survey found that 23% of employers reported that over half of their temporary workers go on to become permanent each year.

In recent years, there has been greater recognition within the government and the business community of the need to increase the number of quality jobs that can be undertaken on a part-time or flexible basis. This is important, not only to support those who need flexibility to enter the job market, but also to enable people to progress through this opportunity.

The reality is that only a small percent of quality jobs vacancies are advertised with options to work flexibly.
The most common reasons for individual workers to work flexibly centre around looking after children/ family members, to pursue other interests, to gain experience in a new area of work or approaching retirement.

Creating a workplace that encourages flexible workers and has the tools to make remote workers as effective as on-site workers can be a very attractive factor when recruiting in this skills/people short environment.

To hear more about ‘The Future of Jobs’ , book on to the upcoming HR Professionals Conference by contacting Jo Watkins:

Louise Hewett

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