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KATE Huggins thinks when it comes to negotiating part time or flexible work with an employer, any excuse should do.

And the mother of two isn’t just another theorist with an out-there idea about the future of work. As a partner at major professional services firm Deloitte, she’s a new breed of boss who sees the benefits of letting valued employees make their work life work for them.

Want to start a business? Take better care of your health? Work on your golf swing? In Ms Huggins’s book, these are all acceptable reasons to cut a few hours or days from your fulltime commitment.

Yolanda Beattie from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency says accommodating flexible work solves more problems for businesses than it creates.

Research has backed up claims that bust the myths around flexible work. A study by Ernst and Young found part time working mums were the most productive of all its employee groups.

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Is golf a good excuse for going part-time?

KATE Huggins thinks when it comes to negotiating part time or flexible work with an employer, any excuse should do. And the mother of two isn’t just another theorist with an out-there idea about the future of work.

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