Traditionally seen as primarily a benefit for employees, less forward thinking employers should note the results of a recent survey into flexible working which identified significant benefits for employers, including that flexible workers are more productive and have less time off. Employers should be mindful, however, of some potential barriers which may be deterring employees from requesting flexible work patterns, such as fears of being passed over for promotions and the perception that they might be labelled as 'work-shy'. Those employers that proactively offer and invite flexibility, whether in terms of hours or location, are likely to be rewarded with a more diverse and committed workforce where talented employees are attracted and retained.