Two-fifths of employees adopting flexible working

Two-fifths of employees adopting flexible working

Two-fifths of staff are now able to work away from the office, according to a new survey commissioned by Regus.

Advances in smartphone and tablet technology, the growth of VoIP and the introduction of cloud technologies have helped businesses allow their staff much more flexibility.

The stress and costs associated with commuting to and from the office are removed when people work flexibly, helping them reclaim the hours lost in limbo between their work and home lives.

Allowing flexible working has a host of businesses for organisations, with 43 per cent of workers putting in longer hours when they don't have to commute. Two-thirds said they spend more time with their partner and family, and 60 per cent spend more time exercising and getting fitter.

Steve Purdy, UK managing director at Regus, said: "Congestion is reported to be one of the major sources of stress, so it is very significant that workers reveal that the time saved on commuting would be spent on health and wellbeing activities such as getting fitter at the gym and spending time with family."