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A THIRD OF UK WORKERS BLAME RIGID HOURS FOR LACK OF SUPPORT AT WORK

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Flexible working helps to build a positive culture © iStock

4 October 2018 | Marino Donati

 

Workers blame a lack of flexible working for feeling like they have inadequate support in their roles, according to research carried out by YouGov.

 

A third of UK workers in the survey say they are not given the flexibility and support needed to do their job properly.

 

The study, commissioned by HR and payroll supplier MHR, asked 1,174 UK employees for their thoughts about employers and company culture. It found that 32 per cent do not receive the flexibility and support, such as flexible working hours and regular meetings with managers, which they need to do their job.

 

Workers who feel they lack support in their roles blame rigid hours, a lack of flexible working, micro-management and poor leadership.

 

Of the 63 per cent of employees who say they are given the flexibility and support to do their job, many cite flexible hours and the freedom to manage their own working time, supported by good training, regular meetings and having ‘understanding’ managers as reasons for their satisfaction.

 

MHR said the research showed that a combination of good management and flexible working practices helped to create a positive company culture, inspiring workers and impacting their overall happiness and job satisfaction.

 

Asimina Stamatiou, employee engagement expert at MHR, said that many organisations were failing to implement working practices that support the well-being and expectations of their employees.

 

“The research shows that the key to a happy workforce is trusting employees and giving them the flexibility to take ownership of their work but supporting them when they need it,” said Stamatiou.

 

“Empowering employees to manage themselves and fit their work around their commitments at home, while investing the time to regularly engage with them personally, results in a happy, loyal and productive workforce who are less likely to leave the organisation.”