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Global gap between what employers say and do

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Staff in shared and serviced offices may have had experiences similar to those found in a new global survey published by WorldatWork, which sees a gap between company policies and attitude towards them.

More than half of the managers surveyed said the ideal employee would be available to meet business demands no matter the time of day and 40 per cent thought the most productive staff are those without many personal commitments.

This is despite the organisations these managers represent having work-life programmes to allow flexibility and support to their employees.

The employees surveyed reported facing being penalised for participating in work-life programmes in ways ranging from being given unfavourable job assignments to be passed up on a promotion.

Flexible working takes a good use of management skills to be engaged in order for it to work and there is no point having policies for it envisaged by HR departments which managers do not enforce.

Rose Stanley, work-life practice leader for WorldatWork, said: “Our studies find that a culture of flexibility correlates with lower employee turnover.”