We need flexible working to maintain semblance of work-life balance Aug 25, 2017 Real Business | As the workforce evolves into a more immediate, responsive and collaborative culture, employees are trying to stay connected with colleagues and customers. With the increased desire for constant connectivity though, comes the need for flexible working. Given that Britons left 163m unused annual leave days on the table in 2016, workers could use some help creating a flexible working environment to bring equilibrium into their lives. Putting the much-needed, well-deserved break aside momentarily, there are also very tangible reasons flexible working is becoming a must-have with today’s workforce. Take commuting for example. As several train stations close for essential works this summer, many will physically not be able to get to work, or their commute times will be doubled or tripled.