Finance directors have emerged as unlikely champions of work-life balance as a survey finds that an overwhelming eight out of ten believe improving the working environment would improve work output.
The vast majority also see a strong link between employees’ quality of life and their productivity.
A survey by Reed Accountancy and Accountancy Age magazine found that many felt flexible working was the best way to improve the working environment and help employees achieve a work-life balance.
One FD, Bryan Armour of the Parchment Housing Group said: “In these more challenging times, we have proved that happy staff are much more willing to go the extra mile when needed and more likely to stay with us for longer."
Only 14 per cent of the FDs polled by the magazine believed it was not the role of business to improve quality of life for employees.