46% have access to flexible-working arrangements

Guy-Moreve flexible working

Under half (46%) of respondents have access to flexible-working arrangements, according to research by Paymentsense.

Its survey of 2,000 UK employees found that 73% of respondents feel they have a good work-life balance.

The research also found:

  • 59% of respondents believe that their working lives impact on tasks such as booking a doctor’s appointment or seeing friends and family. More than a third (35%) of respondents have trouble seeing their doctor due to work hours.
  • 33% of respondents are unconvinced that their workload will be covered while they are on annual leave, and 37% of respondents worry about their workload when they are on holiday.
  • 52% of respondents would consider coming into work when they are unwell just to complete their workload, and 48% of respondents stay behind after work at least once a week.
  • 73% of male respondents think they have a good work-life balance, compared to 67% of female respondents.
  • 33% of respondents aged between 18 and 24 feel they have a good work-life balance, compared to 25% of respondents aged between 45 and 54.
  • 79% of respondents who work in the IT industry believe they have a good work-life balance, compared to 37% of respondents working in the business, consulting and management sector.

Guy Moreve (pictured), head of marketing at Paymentsense, said: “It’s important that everyone within the workplace gets the best possible work-life balance. It’s crucial to the efficiency of a business. If the employees are demotivated, then this will eventually show in the quality of their work.

“We need to make sure this ethos is fed down from the top management to all levels of the business. As a business, [employers] should be offering flexible working schemes. This gives employees the opportunity to take care of everyday life tasks and manage their workload effectively.”