The Confederation of British Industry and the Trades Union Congress have joined forces to promote flexible working as a way of helping the UK economy, as well as making it easier for staff to achieve a healthy work/life balance.
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The organisations have signed a flexible working pledge, along with the British Chambers of Commerce, BT, Transport for London, the RAC Foundation, the Association for Commuter Transport, Scope, Technology Means Business and Henley Management College.
The pledge, put together by non-profit organisation Work Wise UK, calls for UK companies to adopt smarter and more flexible working and to significantly increase its use by 2011. Options for supporters include offering more opportunities for staff to work from home, and enabling mobile and remote working.
Richard Lambert, director general of the CBI, said, "Many businesses are reaping rewards from more flexible and smarter ways of working, achieving improved productivity and staff retention."
Work Wise UK said productivity gains from flexible working would help the UK compete with emerging economies such as India and China.email@example.com