May 2011

Beyond the business case

Alison Maitland's picture

At a well-attended Working Families conference on fathers and flexibility in London this week, Judy Greevy, head of HR and sustainability at Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, pointed out that managers in tough economic times tend to want to revert to how we worked in the past. This shows that flexibility is just an “accommodation” and that the work culture hasn’t truly changed. What will persuade managers to change their thinking?

Flex for all?

Alison Maitland's picture

The UK could enjoy a big advance in flexible workplaces if the government presses ahead with new proposals to extend the ‘right to request’ flexible working to all employees. This right is currently open only to certain parents and carers. Extending it to everyone would begin to make flexibility the norm, as it needs to be in today’s interconnected, fast-paced business world, rather than an accommodation of particular groups of employee.

Banning Social Media

Peter Thomson's picture

There is an interesting item in the Telegraph today about companies banning the use of social media (see http://bit.ly/jfFIew) . In a survey carried out for HCL Technologies 48% of employees reported that they are banned from using Twitter and Facebook at work. We feature HCL in the book and agree with their CEO Vineet Nayar who is quoted in the Telegraph as saying ''It is quite remarkable that in this day and age, many employers are still putting their employees' interests as a low priority by not allowing them to use sites like Facebook."

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