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Flexible working key to £250,000 saving

first_img Comments are closed. The adoption of comprehensive family-friendly working practices has helpedNorthumbrian Water more than halve its staff turnover rate and save costs. Annette Gibson, the firm’s personnel support manager, said the utilitycompany introduced a family-friendly package in October 1999 based on therecommendations of a group consisting of employees, managers and employeerepresentatives. The company provides generous and flexible maternity leave including aphased return to work on full pay, paternity leave and a whole range offlexible working arrangements. Northumbrian Water has also introduced a flexitime scheme which allowsemployees to choose their hours between 7am and 7pm and has led to thescrapping of a costly time recording system. Not only did this generate an immediate saving of £250,000, but itdemonstrated to the firm’s 1,500 staff that they are trusted to manage theirown time. These policies have reduced staff turnover from 8 per cent to 3 per centsince their introduction. Gibson is in no doubt that eventually all employers will have to offer afull range of family-friendly working policies. “People ask themselves when they are considering moving to a differentemployer, ‘What about family-friendly polices?’,” she said. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Flexible working key to £250,000 savingOn 27 Nov 2001 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more