Employees back flexible working

Employees back flexible working

Around six in ten (59 per cent) employees working in an office environment would change their job if it did not offer the chance to work flexibly, new research has found.

A study by Office Angels canvassed the opinions of both employees and the companies themselves.

It found that flexible working has become particularly important to younger workers, with over two-thirds (70 per cent) of 25-34 year olds claiming that they would change their job if their boss did not allow them to work flexibly.

The findings are perhaps unsurprising, given the fact that the practice of flexible working has been on the march recently, fuelled by the rise of various technologies such as hosted telephony, video conferencing and bring your own device (BYOD).

Indeed, a separate survey recently suggested that video conferencing could be the preferred method of communication for business by 2016, meaning that the corporate fascination with working either remotely or flexibly is likely to continue for some time yet.

Such interest has led to two-thirds of employers witnessing an increase in the number of workers looking for flexibility in comparison to five years ago.

The demand appears to be so great that employees do not even need to offer a good reason for wanting to work in such a way.

While some prefer to work flexibly due to travel (26 per cent) or childcare (34 per cent), many people simply want to do so because they prefer it (48 per cent).

Angela Smith, managing director at Office Angels said:“Flexible working is clearly more important to employees than ever before, and child care is not the main driver, rather it comes from the preference of employees.

“A strategic focus on flexible working can help an organisation attract and retain the best individuals. It is clear that a working culture which can adapt to a worker’s lifestyle is becoming increasingly important, with employees wanting to achieve the optimum work/life balance."