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The ability to work flexible could be one of the most desirable workplace perks in coming years, claims new research.
A study on the future of employee benefits, commissioned by salary sacrifice scheme Grass Roots, examined the opinions of more than 1,000 employees aged 18 and over.
Many revealed it was vital to maintain a good work/life balance and flexible working was a key element in doing so – with the majority of respondents valuing it over other options such as free gym membership or extra days off.
Two thirds of those surveyed welcomed the ability to work whenever and from different locations or to be able to change their hours within a fixed period.
Grass Roots commercial director Stephen Holt said: “It’s clear that the workforce is keen to move away from the 9-5 culture as they don’t want to be chained to a desk every day and instead move towards being able to work in a way that better suits their home life.”
He added companies should take steps now to “address their current working practices and assess the realities of offering staff the ability to work more flexibly” as it will play a key role in boosting staff morale and attracting good quality workers.
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