Company smartphones valued above flexible working

Company smartphones valued above flexible working

The benefits of flexible working are well documented and a host of businesses are offering these measures to staff in a bid to cut commute times and stress, which in turn lead to improved efficiency and productivity.

There could also be legislation in place in the coming months to increase the likelihood of a business providing flexible working to its employees.

Nine in ten UK professionals think that flexible working will become the dominant employment model in the near future, according to research from specialist HR recruiter Ortus.

However, the study also indicated that flexible working is actually well down the list of priorities for workers.

A holiday entitlement of 25 days was highlighted as a top priority by 40 per cent of people surveyed, followed by a company pension scheme (29 per cent) and an annual bonus scheme.

The fourth most important employee benefit highlighted by respondents to the survey was the provision of a mobile phone, more specifically a BlackBerry, highlighted by 18 per cent or those questioned.

Insurance provided by employers rounded out the top five priorities for workers, with flexible working coming in sixth, named by just 12 per cent of people.

Stephen Menko, UK director of Ortus, said that HR professionals have their work cut out when it comes to convincing staff about the benefits of flexible working.

"However the benefit to the individual of a better work life balance and less time and money spent commuting are perhaps surprisingly ranked low and maybe HR need to convey this cost-effective (for the business) benefit in a more compelling way.

"Widespread flexible working could be a seismic shift in the way work is conducted and it is that rare beast – a change that benefits everyone. Staff just need to be convinced of this point, or at least have it raised on their radar as a benefit they can request. I think for a lot of organisations it's not even considered as something that can be entertained."