This survey of flexible work in Germany, England, Belgium and Netherlands found that 64% of English firms have implemented some kind of flexible working. This more than Germany (57%), the Netherlands (48%) and Belgium (38%).
The reasons cited for not implementing flexible working were that:
1. Companies are still looking into the possibilities of flexible working;
2. Staff are tied to a fixed place and time because of their specific duties;
3. The organisation feels that the presence of staff is necessary.
Notably, the reasons for flexible working differed by country. In Belgium and England, organisations to implemented flexible ‘to satisfy the wishes of staff’. In Germany, the most important argument for flexible working was that it leads to ‘higher staff satisfaction’. In the Netherlands, ‘cost-savings on buildings, accommodation and workstations’ was key for organisation.
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