Carers coalition to fight for more flexible working

first_imgFeatures list 2021 – submitting content to Personnel TodayOn this page you will find details of how to submit content to Personnel Today. We do not publish a… Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:center_img Carers coalition to fight for more flexible workingOn 30 Mar 2004 in Carers, Personnel Today A new coalition has been launched to lobby business and the Government toprovide better support for parents and carers. Co-ordinated by the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC), the Parents’ andCarers’ Coalition is calling for wider access to flexible working for all womenand men, improved childcare access and better support services for carers. A survey by the coalition reveals that almost four in 10 mothers, more thanone in 10 fathers and almost one in five carers have either given up or turneddown a job because of their caring responsibilities. However, a recent Department of Trade and Industry survey shows thatemployers have much to gain from providing flexible working practices. Those companies offering more than the statutory minimum of leave reported a49 per cent increase in productivity, 48 per cent reduction in absenteeism and47 per cent improvement in recruitment. “As some employers have already discovered, they have much to gain fromusing flexible working to meet the growing demand for facilities and services24 hours a day, as well as meeting their employees’ needs,” said JulieMellor, chair of the EOC. The coalition’s research found that 83 per cent of people in the UK believeall professionals should have the right to request flexible working to care fora child, or an elderly or disabled relative or friend.