Orange survey: Flexible working great for new dads

19 March 2010 — 4:00 PM

Mobile phones aid flexible working

Flexible working could be one option to help new fathers juggle their family lives with work, a new survey from Orange has suggested.

Some 79 per cent of working men who responded to the poll indicated they would consider a flexible working scheme as an alternative to paternity leave if it was encouraged by their employer.

However, the research from the mobile phone network revealed that as only ten per cent of working men currently utilise flexible employment strategies, more could be done by bosses to encourage the practice.

"It is surprising how few employers encourage flexible working schemes, especially when there is so much technology to enable it," commented Martin Lyne, director for small and medium businesses at Orange UK.

He added that mobile phones and smartphones, a broadband connection and laptop computers were named by survey participants as the most helpful items for flexible workers.

The figures obtained by Orange echo statistics published by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills in February, which indicated that 62 per cent of new dads believe their relationship with their child will suffer if they are not at home after the baby is born.

Men who are looking to upgrade their handset to a smartphone to prepare for flexible working may wish to recycle their old mobile phone for cash.

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