With more manufacturers turning to flexible working practices, the competitive pressure on the laggards to follow suit grows ever more intense.
But taking the workforce with you on the need to change is never easy.
Case studies researched by the Institute of Personnel and Development (IPD) and Cranfield University's School of Management show that once implemented, the new schemes, such as annualised hours, prove to be highly popular with employees. But they also suggest that overcoming the insecurity, uncertainty and entrenched attitudes of the workforce and some levels of management, is nearly always a very difficult task. So what advice do those who have already been through the process have on dealing with the inevitable and understandable resistance to change among those who work for you?