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How seriously should consultancy chiefs treat lifestyle issues?

“Consultants are exposed to a number of potential causes of stress and this can be costly in terms of illness, other absences, reduced productivity and staff turnover. Apart from any ethical, moral or legal issues, I believe that it makes good business sense for consultancies to have “consultant lifestyle” very high on the agenda of top management.”

Bob Empson, president elect, Institute of Management Consultancy

“We are moving from a fee-based to a value priced profession. This shifts the emphasis from input to output or value added. As we move to global business reach and some projects work around the clock, the flexibility required from consultants must be matched by a willingness to meet their individual needs.” Brian Ing, consultant at Siemens Business Services

“Lifestyle issues are important. No employee wants to spend long periods away from home or work in an environment that does not motivate or support them. We place a high emphasis on nurturing our people; providing the type of environment that brings out the best in them; team activities, mentoring and coaching initiatives.”

John Everett, senior partner, Deloitte Consulting

“Enjoying work, feeling challenged, and being satisfied with how work fits into life are key factors in every consultant’s motivation – fuelling performance and creativity – and their decision to stay with an employer. Lifestyle is a vital business concern – addressing it also adds value to clients who benefit from the continuity of people, ideas and relationships. “

Pam Evans, director human resources E&Y.

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