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Thursday 5 May 2011

Managers 'should enable employee flexibility'

Managers could help to boost staff productivity by enabling a degree of flexibility in their employees' working lives, according to one expert.

Paul Roberts, healthcare consultant at insurance broker IHC, said that employers need to take into account their workers' need for flexibility in their daily lives and can recognise this by providing a certain degree of job flexibility.

It follows the publication of a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers which estimated that absenteeism is costing UK businesses an average of £32 billion a year, with staff taking almost double the number of sick days compared with workers in the US.

Mr Roberts commented: "Managers need to manage the soft side of life and understand the team that reports to them so there is flexibility to deal with our complex lifestyles and a firm but fair line drawn so that abuse of the process is limited."

However, the expert noted that the majority of workers, including those in sales recruitment positions, enjoy their job and seek to avoid taking unnecessary sick days.

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Source: The Sales Director News

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