Office staff back flexible working

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Most office staff would change their job if they were not allowed to work flexibly, a study has shown.

A survey of 1,000 people by recruitment firm Office Angels found that three out of five would move if their employer did not offer flexible arrangements.
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Travel and childcare were given as some of the reasons for flexible working, although many said they simply preferred it.

Angela Smith, managing director of Office Angels, said: " Flexible working is clearly more important to employees than ever before, and childcare is not the main driver - rather it comes from the preference of employees.
"A strategic focus on flexible working can help an organisation attract and retain the best individuals. It is clear that a working culture which can adapt to a worker's lifestyle is becoming increasingly important, with employees wanting to achieve the optimum work/life balance."

Just over half of those questioned work flexibly, with 57% saying their employers offer flexible working.

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