Magazine article Management Today

Issues That Still Have Legs

Magazine article Management Today

Issues That Still Have Legs

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Ping! Just as I was sitting down to write this, a press release drops into my groaning Outlook (current Inbox contents: 7,852 items) proclaiming: 'Nearly a quarter of the UK's entire office-based workforce is unhappy at work.' According to this survey, men are less happy at work than women, and Mancunians are the most miserable of all - a pitiful 37% of them are happy workers.

Chirrup! Phone. Ruth Kelly's office wants to send me her speech about flexible working. It never stops. I wrote my first editorial about work/life balance six years ago and I daresay this one won't be the last. MT has been following the subject for more than 10 years and a fair bit has changed for the better over the past decade. New Labour has taken flexible working to heart and has passed sensible legislation; workers, especially young, educated and confident ones, vote with their feet if they don't like their jobs; men are now mildly enlightened about playing a bigger role as carers of kids or the elderly.

On the subject of work/life ... the demise of Lord Browne, until recently CEO of BP and frequent winner of MT's Most Admired Leader award. …

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