Businesses urged to boost flexible working options

Businesses urged to boost flexible working options

Businesses in the UK have been encouraged to embrace the bring your own device (BYOD) trend and boost flexible working within their organisation.

A REPORT published by Age UK estimated that 735,000 people over the age of 50 want to continue in employment, but are unable to due to a lack of flexible working options.

Michelle Mitchell, the charity director general at Age UK, said that older people are an "invaluable asset" to the UK economy and the organisation has urged the government to force firms to loosen their "rigid" approach to working hours.

"In these tough economic times when the UK needs to make the most of its resources, it is just common sense for the government and employers to embrace flexible working," Ms Mitchell explained.

Age UK has called for flexible working to be available to employees automatically, rather than requiring the person to work at the organisation for six months before asking to work flexibly.