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7th October 2019

Nine in 10 flexible working firms say it's been good for business

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Almost nine in 10 Scottish business leaders who offer flexible working say it has had a positive impact on their business, according to new research.

The employers surveyed reported benefits to the business including increased productivity among workers (37%) and better staff retention (40%). Almost a third (30%) reported fewer staff were off sick, while other benefits included increased profit (17%) and better employee mental health and wellbeing (40%).

Meanwhile, a separate survey of Scottish workers found more than half (53%) work flexibly while a further fifth (19%) do not but would like to do so. The research, conducted by YouGov for Family Friendly Working Scotland, was carried out to mark the launch of National Work Life Week which runs from October 7-11.

The survey of 257 Scottish business leaders found that among the 200 who offer flexible working, 87% said it has had a positive impact on their business, while half (50%) said it has had a "very positive" impact on the business overall.

There is substantial evidence which highlights the importance of offering staff flexible working. To find out about introducing flexible working practices in your organisation, read out Employer Guide, Flexible Working. This guide explains what it is, the benefits, the different types and the considerations needed to be looked at.