90% of firms claim flexible working improves employee morale

90% of firms claim flexible working improves employee morale

The benefits of flexible working practices are beginning to be noticed by a number of firms, according to new research.

A study by workspace provider Regus found that nine in ten respondents said that offering flexible working practices was one of the most effective ways of improving levels of morale among employees, while also helping staff to improve work-life balance.

Over 2,200 businesses owners and senior managers took part in the survey, which also found that 81 per cent of respondents see flexible working as a great way to increase productivity, up from the 74 per cent that claimed the same back in 2013.

The research also found that over two-thirds (67 per cent) of respondents regard flexible working practices as a good method of saving money.

Furthermore, another 49 per cent said it gave their company a recruiting advantage, while another 68 per cent said said it was becoming increasingly popular among prospective employees.

John Spencer, chief executive officer at Regus, said: “The recent regulatory changes give all staff the legal right to request flexible working, and the results of our latest research serve as a timely reminder of the wide-ranging benefits of this modern approach to work.

“Having a choice in where, when and how we work makes a huge difference to our overall happiness; it helps us cut down on the stress of a long commute, frees up time to cook and eat healthily, or simply helps us get home earlier."

However, he added that employers should use technological trends such as bring -your-own-device, cloud computing and video conferencing in order to ensure they were achieving a multi-location workplace and not just a flexi-hours approach.

Mr Spencer insisted that flexible working policies should extend beyond simply allowing employees to work from home, as many workers often want to take advantage of a professional, dynamic environment that is closer to home but crucially not at home.