Altruism saving jobs

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Workers are prepared to be flexible if it will save their colleagues jobs, according to a recent survey by Keep Britain Working.

A poll of employees in the business services sector (which includes accountants) found that 96% would accept changes in their working conditions to help co-workers keep their jobs.

More than half of respondents would consider a reduction in hours, while 38% said they would accept a pay cut. However, 3% of staff said they would strike if their employers asked for sacrifices without making any themselves.

James Reed, founder of the independent campaign Keep Britain Working, hailed the findings as a sign of a new altruism at work. If people believe that being flexible about their own employment conditions will help stem job losses they will take on change and...

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