Part-time work could be a critical component in addressing the ongoing labor shortage and depleted employee engagement in the UK.
According to new research from Cranfield University’s School of Management, companies that offered part-time positions were more likely to see increased workforce activity thanks to this arrangement’s flexible nature and support for those with complex schedules.
The analysis comes from the UK’s flexible furlough program, which saw companies bring workers back into the office on a part-time basis during the pandemic.
Currently, around one-fifth of workers are unemployed, with many citing caregiving responsibilities and health issues for their inactivity. However, by offering a part-time option, workers can have the opportunity to reenter the workforce with ease, while organizations can effectively address gaps in labor participation.
“The world of work is going through unprecedented change with the move to hybrid working and events like the great resignation,” said Professor Clare Kelliher, author of the report summarizing the research. “Part-time work offers a route for employers and employees to successfully navigate upheaval and thrive into the future.”