John CEO has a problem. He’s just come out of another tedious meeting with HR rabbiting on about flexible working. He’s shut the preposterous idea down enough times before — every time, in fact, one of his (female, it’s always the women) staff has asked for it. Working from home? Pyjama-clad slobbing around. Leaving early for the kiddies? Strangely convenient that also means missing his monthly Influential Ideas Exchange. But HR wouldn’t be fobbed off with the usual financial reasons. They claimed it’s actually cheaper, long term, as staff are more loyal. And more productive, apparently. Ha! Now the Government’s pushing it too. He’s just had a memo about the new Flexible Working Task Force with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy promoting “wider understanding and implementation of inclusive flexible work”. Then HR chirped up about fewer bodies being in the office at the same time meaning needing less space. It would be nice to shed a few floors at HQ after the latest rent hike. Showing evidence of cost-cutting would mean more room for manoeuvre on the bonus this year. That retirement pad in Mallorca isn’t going to buy itself. John CEO only has this dilemma because… Read full this story
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