Research carried out early this summer by job website Indeed.co.uk has revealed that technology and charity organisations lead the way when it comes to offering work-life balance to their employees. The complete top ten, which sees Google taking the number one spot, can be found on HR Grapevine.
The results of this particular survey coincide with new legislation surrounding flexible working which sees the right to request flexible working extended to anyone with a 26 week continuous service record (previously it had only been the right of parents and carers). It also follows a recent move by Deloitte to offer an agile working programme to all staff in a drive to attract more female employees.
Work-life balance is undoubtedly a hot recruitment issue. With increased potential for telecommuting and a heightened backlash against excessive working hours, the future can only move in one direction. And yet employers on the whole are very slow to respond and this can be frustrating for our clients who are very capable yet restricted in what they can offer a standard working hours position. It will be interested to see if at some point in the future a tipping point is reached at which employers need to change their stance on this to stay ahead of their competitors.