Survey reveals flexible working is a hit with staff
Published by Laura Beckett for Halton Housing Trust in Housing and also in Care and Support
Following on from the successful introduction of flexible working, the Trust has carried out a second flexible working survey to gauge the thoughts of employees two years after it was introduced.
100% of Halton Housing Trust employees work more flexibly since flexible working was introduced in 2012; this is a 5% increase on last year.
99% are more productive when they work flexibly and 97% feel the removal of core hours has improved their work/life balance.
Jo Tinsley, PA to Customer Services Directorate has a young child aged seven, she says without flexible working she would be spending less time with Michael and as a result he would have to spend more time at breakfast and after school clubs.
“Flexible working has enabled me to have a great work /life balance and has also encouraged me to join the gym, which means I can go during off peaks times. Without flexible working I wouldn’t be able to commit to joining a gym as I would need to go in the evening which is my family time. I am able to make the school run and be there for Michael in the evenings, flexible working has made a real difference to our family life.”
Sue Baxendale, Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development, is thrilled with the results. She said: “The survey results are extremely positive as they show that our employees are happier since flexible working was introduced”.
97% of employees now work when they would have otherwise taken a sick day, because they can either work comfortably at home or take a shorter day.”
“Flexible working has made us more productive, reduced absences due to sickness and given staff more control of their work/life balance. I thoroughly recommend that other businesses embrace this modern way of working.”
Neil McGrath, Executive Director of Business Services said “Both myself and my wife work full time and we have a fairly young family so it is important to me that I can contribute to looking after the children whether it is dropping them at school, picking them up, taking them to their activities or attending parent evenings, etc… Flexible working lets me do that. My role is very busy, but being able to choose my working hours means I can spend quality time with my wife and children.”