UNISON: There are benefits to home working

by Christopher Evans

UNISON, the public sector union, has welcomed the government's promise to remove the barriers to flexible working.

Michelle Singleton, assistant policy officer for the union, commented: "I think there is a fear that somehow if you can't see your workers then they're not working, but the organisations that have implemented the wider areas of flexible working policies, including having a portion of their staff working from home, all seem to be reaping the benefits of enabling those measures."

Last month research by the Government Equalities Office found that 51 per cent of working parents feel their family relationships would improve if they worked flexibly and nearly 60 per cent thought that the practice would improve staff morale.

Two in five working mothers believed that it would reduce absence.

However, Mr Singleton said that while flexible working is a welcome move for businesses, it has meant that the pledge to allow two extra weeks for paternity leave has not gone through to the coalition manifesto.

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Published on: May 28, 2010

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