London, February 2019 - As we edge nearer to March 29th, Britain’s formal date for leaving the European Union, many questions remain over how the country will continue to compete on the global stage.
With Brexit uncertainty continuing to dominate the news agenda, it’s become ever more apparent that whatever happens over the next few weeks will shape the course of the UK’s future, its businesses and its workforce for decades to come. This means that employers need to find more creative ways of attracting, retaining and motivating workers, to ensure their businesses are fighting fit and can weather whatever storms are heading their way. The good news is that there’s a simple answer to this, which is by putting employee happiness back to the top of the agenda.
Flexibility is key for employee happiness
A few months ago, Quinyx launched a study that examined the UK’s attitudes towards flexible working.
Erik Fjellborg Founder and CEO of Quinyx: “ Our research found that 73% of the country’s workforce still face barriers when it comes to flexibility in their current work schedules, which in turn is having a detrimental effect on their happiness – both at work and at home. Specifically, 15% of respondents told us that a lack of flexibility makes them feel isolated from friends and family, while one in 10 said it was having a negative impact on their health and wellbeing.
And what’s more, our research showed flexibility is one of the key solutions to solving Britain’s productivity crisis, with nearly a fifth of respondents telling us that they would be more productive at work if given more flexible working opportunities.
So, if flexible working can make the UK’s workforce happier and more productive, why hasn’t it been suggested and implemented as a Brexit business strategy?”