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HR Zone Members Newswire #162 – Part-time Working: Do Businesses Benefit?


HR Zone Members Newswire Issue 162
1 August 2006

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Editor’s note
Flexible working regulations appear to lend themselves
particularly favourably to working mums, wishing to juggle
nappies with boardroom activities. In our feature of the week, I
report on whether part-time working is exclusively the preserve
of working mums and what if any are the business benefits. See
what our HR Directors had to say on the matter including Helena
Peacock of the Penguin Group, Sandy Boyle of Mills & Reeve and
Melanie Guy of Snowdrop, amongst others.

Annie Hayes MCIPD
mailto:[email protected]

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Feature of the week:
Part-time working: What’s the business benefit?
Annie Hayes, HR Zone Editor reports on the experiences and
cautionary tales of those HR professionals that have and
continue to manage part-time workers.

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