New research has found that more than 60 percent of employers offer their workers flexible working hours and say it has a positive effect.
The Labour Department report, Work-Life Balance and Flexibility in New Zealand: A snapshot of employee and employer attitudes and experiences in 2008, finds that more than two-thirds of employers are either supportive or very supportive of flexible work. Sixty percent say the impact of flexible work arrangements is either positive or very positive.
Launching the report last month, Labour Minister Trevor Mallard said it was great to see that employers are embracing new ways of organising their workplaces and listening and responding to the needs of their workers.
“Work-life balance is about managing the juggling act between paid work and other activities that are important to us—including spending time with family, taking part in sport and recreation, volunteering, or undertaking further study,” he said.
“With record numbers participating in the labour force, and with continuing skill shortages, the days of readily available labour are over. This means workplaces need to become even more flexible to continue to attract and retain the people we need in an increasingly competitive local and global labour market.”
Business NZ said New Zealand employers have always been progressive in offering flexible hours and the survey provides no evidence that there has been any change in their already progressive approach. It said hopefully the promotion of the recent survey findings is not a case of using stats to try to justify unneeded legislation.