Flexible working can help SMEs to attract top talent

January 2008
People Management;1/10/2008, Vol. 14 Issue 1, p13
This article reports on the need of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to embrace flexible working hours to survive in Great Britain in 2008. According to Lin Dickens, managing director of design company 'aricot vert, flexible working had allowed her to attract and retain the best talent, leading to cost savings. Dickens said there were five ingredients to making flexible working succeed in an SME: being open and honest, having positive role models, finding a suitable balance, clear communication and good diary management.


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