Citrix Go-To Meeting have put together a handy infographic (available to view here), designed to explain the ins and outs of this new legislation. After completing some research with British SMBs, it turns out only 55% were aware of the new legislation and almost half (46%) have no such flexible working policy in place - shocking, right?
Only 43% actually support the legislation and some others think it will impact on their business negatively. There also seems to be a generation difference in regards to support and opposition of the legislation - SMB bosses aged 25 to 34 are twice more likely to support it than those other 55.
What are the benefits of flexible working? Increased productivity, reduced stress, reduced unauthorised absences - it is easy to see why some bosses are getting behind the idea.
I currently work from home so can be as flexible as I want - I'm my own boss - however, it would be great if Steve could get some more flexibility in his working life. His area of work though doesn't really lend itself to flexible working - he could request it and would most probably get it - however, at what cost?
I know that if I ever went back into the working world with someone else as my boss, I would be exercising my right. With a young family, elderly parents and a home to look after, I'd need to be as flexible as possible. I feel this legislation could greatly benefit us all, how about you?