Carole Savage, MD of recruitment consultancy Flexecutive
, adds: "It's the environment that is often the deciding factor in whether to go for a more senior post.
The report by recruitment consultancy Flexecutive was published yesterday at the start of Work-Life Balance Week - now in its second year.
Carol Savage, managing director of Flexecutive, said, ``This research shows definitively that although more people want to work flexibly and this doesn't necessarily mean part-time working, but more flexi-time and flexi-place - they're genuinely concerned about what this will do to their careers.
One interim manager I know always takes the summer off to go on holiday with his kids," agrees Carol Savage, managing director of interim management recruitment consultancy Flexecutive
There is still reluctance among many retailers to extend genuine flexible working practices to head office, according to flexible work specialist Flexecutive.
Yet, suggests Flexecutive research, the only staff regarded as working flexibly at head office are those engaged in functions obliged to meet store requirements out of hours, such as IT support and human resources.
Jo Thurman is recruitment director at Flexecutive
, a recruitment consultancy dedicated to servicing the needs of senior staff who are looking for various forms of flexible working.
Bobos (yuppies with bohemian hippy-ish outlooks), Yippies (hippies with yuppie-ish outlooks) and Flexecutives
(the self-employed who work hard like yuppies for six months, and then take six months off to travel like hippies).
Of course, all this means that most flexecutives
(multi-tasking executives) are suffering from analysis paralysis (caused by too much information) which can lead to a severe case of presenteeism (reporting for work even when sick, for fear of losing one's job).
They are known as flexis - short for flexecutives
- the nineties answer to yuppies, with scruffier clothes, trendy jobs and a tendency to duck responsibility in their private lives.