Benchmark Survey 2014 Trends Analysis - Agile Working

Executive Summary / Introduction

 

Over three years, benchmarking organisations have recorded benefits of agile working: 47% have seen an increase in morale, 39% have seen increased retention, and 36% have seen reduced absenteeism

  • Organisations with more female managers are more likely to highlight senior agile workers as role models (61% of these organisations do this)
  • Organisations with more female managers are more likely to invest in technology to make agile working viable (89% of these organisations do this)
  • The proportion of male agile workers (21.4%) in benchmarking organisations is catching up with the proportion of women (35.1%), particularly in the public sector at 29.5% and 36.3% respectively

 

Although everyone has the legal right to request agile working after 26 weeks of employment, our Benchmarking analysis suggests that organisations continue to perceive agile working as better suited to women than men:

  • Women are more likely to be agile workers across all sectors
  • Applications made by women for agile working are more likely to be accepted than by men – particularly within the private sector
  • Women are more likely to be formal agile workers (where working hours and patterns are written into contracts) than men