There is need for a more detailed understanding of employers' motivations for offering flexible working and the outcomes of different policies and practices for both employers and employees.
This report draws on data from a large-scale national survey of workplace employee relations (WERS) to fill these gaps in our knowledge and understanding. It is the first time these issues have been explored through analysis of such a large and representative sample of companies and employees.
Shirley Dex is a Principal Research Fellow at the Judge Institute of Management Studies, University of Cambridge. Colin Smith was formerly a Research Fellow in the ESRC Centre for Business Research and the Geography Department, University of Cambridge. He currently works in the Government Economic Service.
Introduction; Family-friendly arrangements in British establishments; Employee access to family-friendly policies and practices; Employee commitment as an outcome; The business case for having family-friendly policies; Conclusions.