By Melanie Dawson, Marketing Co-ordinator Sage UK Ltd

Businesses can enjoy reduced sickness absence and increased levels of morale and performance if they introduce home working. Those are the findings of a study by Advanced Workplace Associates (AWA), which looked at the flexible working practices at top organisations, including Barclays, Unilever, the Civil Service, Aviva, GlaxoSmithKline, Nationwide, Pfizer, Standard Life and Skandia UK.

What’s more, the study also identified home working as a long-term solution to reducing office and travel costs and reducing carbon emissions.

These conclusions echo those of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), who found that most businesses could profit from offering flexible working to their employees.

Several other benefits have been proven, for instance:

- Wider recruitment opportunities: by attracting and retaining employees who need to work flexibly, you have a larger pool to recruit from.

- Improved engagement opportunities: your employees can demonstrate increased motivation and loyalty based on an improved work/life balance.

- Lower attrition rates: your employee turnover could be decreased by a happy and motivated workforce.

- Enhanced reputation: your image as a flexible business could increase your profile within your sector.

- Greater flexibility for customers: different shift patters could allow longer opening hours to suit your customers.

Information taken from Sage People Advice Newsletter.

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