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FIRMS IN DANGER OF LOSING TOP TALENT OWING TO LACK OF FLEXIBLE WORKING

Flexible working © iStock
Firms in danger of losing talent to flexible working © iStock

11 June 2019 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal


Almost half of employees would be likely to move jobs if a more flexible role came along, according to research by events company Wildgoose. 


Its study shows 42 per cent of those surveyed report they were likely to do this if a more flexible role emerged and almost 15 per cent of employees are seriously considering moving to a more flexible organisation.


The statistics came from Wildgoose’s 2019 Flexible Working Survey and the company warns that they present “a real danger for companies who fail to catch on, as they could find themselves struggling to attract and retain top talent who seek a more flexible working style”.


Other significant survey findings highlight the positive impact that flexible working can have on mental health, with 39 per cent of employees seeing “a marked improvement in their mental health since starting a more flexible work routine”. 


A further 43 per cent of UK employees (who currently cannot work flexibly) feel that in doing so, they would be able to better manage their mental health. 


The research adds that companies that adopt flexible working “will likely see a drop in workplace absence”.