British workers’ desire for flexible working is “irrefutable”, according to a workplace expert.
Andrew Mawson, one of the founding directors of global consultancy Advanced Workplace Associates (AWA), was speaking as news reports speculated that the government is to publish a consultation that proposes that employees can have the right to request flexible working from the moment they start a job.
Mawson said: “The overwhelming desire by British office workers for a more flexible model of working is irrefutable. If the government hadn’t acted on this now it would have had to at some point soon. Not only is it becoming a political issue, but it also plays to the government’s levelling up strategy by allowing many jobs to be located away from London which will be key if the Conservatives are going to retain the loyalty of its new-found voting public.
“The old model of 9-5 in the office every day worked for a relatively small percentage of the population and excluded many from the labour force. As we return from pandemic working, there is an opportunity for organisations to take a clean sheet of paper and reinvent the way their people work.”