Businesses can save money and talent by turning to flexible working

Businesses can save money and talent by turning to flexible working

UK firms can cut costs and boost retention by turning to flexible working and allowing staff to use their own devices away from the office, according to one expert.

Tom Ball, managing director of NearDesk, said that saving money and keeping talented staff are two of the major benefits of flexible working, before noting that the average desk costs £12,000 a year and it is empty 52 per cent of the time.

"Companies spend a vast amount of money through paying people travel time and money which is included in the salary they pay them. They spend more money on the desk than they pay on the person," he explained.

In today's environment more and more employees want the option to work more flexibly, with many wanting to use their own devices for work-related purposes.

Firms that fail to allow this are risking losing good staff, as Mr Ball pointed out that many people have left posts because they are forced to commute in and out of the office every day, limiting their spare time.