Family friendly? September 26, 2012Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
Telling piece in the Sunday Business Post a few weeks back which looked at new statistics about working outside the office. According to the SBP:
…new research from Regus, which provides workspace and has business centres in Dublin and Cork, found that 35 per cent of Irish workers were allowed by employers to work from locations other than the company’s main offices for at least half the week.
And apparently this figure lags behind international experience, for example in the US it is close enough to 50 per cent. Nor is it a case of home-working. The piece notes that libraries, business centres and other locations are more often where individuals work from. Hard to know if this is overstated, even 35 per cent seems a bit high.
But halfway through the piece there’s this.
According to the Regus research, Irish workers look set to benefit as firms in Britain become more open to new ways of working with staff based overseas.
However, the report found that more than two in five Irish firms will only grant flexible working to staff when they reach “a certain level of seniority”, despite the fact that half of employers recognise the productivity benefits and 86 per cent view it as more family-friendly.
I like the ‘despite the fact’. The assumption clearly is that the employers would regard ‘more family-friendly’ as a positive. But having worked in the private sector – and with the public sector – for a long while now and taking note of legislation on such matters in this state, I wonder on what evidence that assumption is based?