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'Digital discrimination' on home working angers lower-grade workers

Antony Savvas | March 8, 2013
"Digital discrimination" pervades the UK workplace, with senior management and higher social grades given more flexible working privileges and benefits in the workplace, provoking feelings of resentment and jealousy, according to research.

Professor Cary Cooper, professor of organisational psychology and health at Lancaster University, said: "A variety of societal and cultural factors are driving changes to our traditional 9-5 working practices, and it's important for employers to lift restrictions and offer all workers the opportunity to benefit from flexible working practices.

"Choice will be key though as some employees may prefer the social interaction and team environment that comes with working in an office. And some may be reticent to work from home in the fear that it may adversely affect their career in a tough economic environment and saturated job market."

 

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