23/10/2009 04:50 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Study Suggests Parents Unable To Exercise Rights To Flexible Working

A new study, conducted by the Working Families charity, has discovered that over a third of working parents (34 of working parents believing it has had a negative effect and has led to them working even longer hours.This tends to reflect the results of another study we recently wrote about that concluded that almost half of men don't take paternity leave due to money worries. The Working Families study suggests that many parents are unhappy with the situation, with 64 feeling they have no flexibility with their work hours, and 53 of requests for working hours are accepted, but this doesn't seem to be backed up by this research. A lot of businesses seem to miss the point that flexible working patterns for working parents can lead to a lower staff turnover and high productivity.

Have you tried to exercise your rights for flexible work hours?