It's no surprise that there are more people in some form of self-employment than ever before. Even with questions over the status of gig-economy workers, working for yourself is an attractive proposition and, according to a new survey, 71% of your employees agree. But what will keep their eyes focused on you?

According to the survey of 1000 employees by 'PeoplePerHour', the lack of flexible working opportunities is the chief complaint of working for 'the man' with almost two thirds wanting the opportunity to work from home from time to time. Of course, not all jobs can accommodate home-working, but there are some tips that all employers can take away to keep the workforce motivated. 

While there may be little you can do to force employees to be passionate about their work, something might be achieved to satisfy the 57% of surveyed workers who claimed their biggest bugbear is a lack of praise work.

With portfolio careers, 'side hustles' and gig-jobs on the rise, even employees who are relatively happy and in full time work might have the opportunity to down tools in the future, leaving their employer high and dry. You should also remember that all employees are entitled to apply for flexible working arrangements, which it will be for employers to refuse on limited grounds.

If you have concerns about engaging your workforce, flexible working arrangements or incentives, do get in touch at kevin.poulter@freeths.co.uk.

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