Over a Quarter of Middle-Aged Workers Feel Colleagues With Families are Put First at Work - Croner Research
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Over a Quarter of Middle-Aged Workers Feel Colleagues With Families are Put First at Work - Croner Research PR Newswire LONDON, May 31, 2012 LONDON, May 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- 27% of UK workers aged between 45 and 54 who work with other people think their employer puts their

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Over a Quarter of Middle-Aged Workers Feel
Colleagues With Families are Put First at Work
- Croner Research
PR Newswire
LONDON, May 31, 2012
LONDON
,
May 31, 2012
/PRNewswire/ --
27% of UK workers aged between 45 and 54 who work with other people think
their employer puts their colleagues who have children or families first.
The finding comes from a survey of 1,175 working adults with colleagues by
YouGov for Croner (http://www.cronersolutions.co.uk), part of global
information services business, Wolters Kluwer.
Under current employment legislation employees who have children have the
statutory right to ask to work flexibly, a right that is denied to people who no
longer have - or who never had - family commitments. Croner asked the
survey's respondents whether their company puts the needs of employees who
have children or families over the rest of the work force: in the 45-54 age
group 18% agreed and 9% strongly agreed.
Interestingly, the survey shows a large variation of opinion by region. Overall,
people in the survey who live in
Scotland
are far less likely to agree that their
employer puts the needs of those with children or families first (just 14% agree,
or strongly agree) compared with
Yorkshire
and the Humber, where 32% agree
or strongly agree.
Carol Smith, a senior employment consultant at Croner, says: "There is no
doubt that flexible working for people with families is a good thing. The
Government has done much to improve and modernise UK legislation so that
more people can work flexibly to improve their work-life balance. However it is
not good news for the UK's older workers after the Government shelved plans
to extend flexible working."
Plans to extend flexible working to all workers were announced in
May 2011
when the government launched a consultation on modern workplaces.
According to the Department for Business Innovation & Skills, the Government
will publish its response in spring 2012. However, the Government has now
cancelled all plans to extend flexible working.
"In spite of the absence of extended flexible working legislation, Croner
recommends that employers should have flexible working policies that do not
disadvantage other groups within their workforce," says Carol Smith.
"This will not only help to avoid possible workplace conflict but improve
employee relations, help with recruitment and retaining staff and almost
certainly improve productivity.
"Organisations should begin by carefully considering what they want to achieve.
They should review how work is currently organised and what flexible options
are available that could make this change. It is important to consult employees
and customers on the planned changes to ensure they understand that there
will be a possible change to people's working patterns."