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The Morning Briefing: Flexible work lifestyles

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"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading about flexible work lifestyles and environments.

1.) Charity pushes for flexible working hours. Flexible working is a low-cost, high-impact way for employers to get the very best from their staff, support their families, and improve performance, helping them weather the current economic climate, and be an employer-of-choice into the recovery.

2.) Dixons Retail to deploy Office 365 in move towards flexible working. Dixons Retail will deploy cloud-based Microsoft Office 365 software across its operation in the UK and Ireland, Czech Republic and Hong Kong, the owner of the retail chain, and others including PC World and Currys has announced.

3.) Not just for new parents: Flexible working should be a right for all of us. U.K. Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg;s support for flexible working for parents is welcome and overdue but, arguably, his plans don't go far enough.

4.) Lawyers warn of potential consequences of flexible working rights. Plans to allow more people to work flexibly are being broadly welcomed, but lawyers are warning there could be some unintended consequences for employers and their staff.

5.) Flexible work hours dramatically affect happiness. [Infographic]

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— By on December 11, 2012, 4:59 PM PST

Charlie Osborne

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Charlie Osborne is a freelance journalist and photographer based in London. In addition to SmartPlanet, she also writes for business technology website ZDNet and consumer technology site CNET. She holds a degree in medical anthropology from the University of Kent. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure