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Orange finds SMBs backing flexible working hours

Arif Mohamed

Flexible working is good for business and all staff should be given rights to demand flexible working hours, say a third of UK small companies. This is according to a new survey from Orange and Ipsos Mori.

A third of businesses (32%) surveyed said that the extension of the right to demand flexible working would benefit the bottom line, while only 22% said that the policy would be bad for business.

The Orange Business Jury, conducted by Ipsos MORI, polled 276 decision-makers in Britain’s small businesses and demonstrated that over half of respondents (54%) are currently not aware of existing flexible working policy.

Flexible working is one of the themes of National Work Wise Week which starts on 16 May and calls for widespread adoption of smarter working practices.

“It is encouraging to see initiatives like Work Wise Week promoting better ways of working,” said Neil Laidler, head of Orange Business Services in the UK. “Through the Orange Business Jury, we have a unique window on what the UK’s smaller companies are thinking on issues like flexible working. The results of this poll show that small businesses share the same view as Orange: flexible working is good for business.”

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