Sunday 22 April 2018

Flexing into shape Small firms aim to rethink working day

Ireland lags near the bottom of the European Table (20th of 27) on flexible working and it's costing Irish SMEs between €100,000 and €150,000 per year, Vodafone's enterprise director Anne O' Leary told a briefing at the Dublin Chamber yesterday.

She gave an overview of the findings of a major new Vodafone report on trends in Irish and European flexible working habits.

At present 3pc of Irish firms are working flexibly but the study expects this figure to grow to 39pc by 2014. The deficit between the level of flexibility working in Ireland and average levels of flexible working in the EU costs our economy €350m or 0.2pc of GDP.

The study also found that 54pc of mums want to be able to work from home while 87pc of dads say they would be more productive if they did not have to commute. Some 90pc of people take calls outside of work hours and 75pc take emails outside office hours. With Anne O'Leary at the briefing was Aebhric McGibney, policy director, Dublin Chamber of Commerce. MAXWELLS

Irish Independent

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