Employees in favour of flexible working

Employees in favour of flexible working

Over half of workers would like their employers to give them the chance to work more flexibly, a new survey has found.

Research conducted by Planon Software, which specialises in real estate and facilities management programs, sampled the opinions of 100 professionals about the subject of flexible working.

The rise of such practices has increased along with the adoption of relevant approaches, such as bring your own device (BYOD), video conferencing and voice over internet protocol (VoIP).

Planon's managing director Tim Clapham said: "There are many options available for businesses that want to introduce flexibility to the workplace. This could involve allowing employees to work remotely, operating a hot-desk environment or providing employees with business-to-employee applications that allow tasks to be managed from a mobile device whilst on the go.

"When managed correctly, flexible working schemes can even allow businesses to reduce their real estate portfolio since fewer employees will be in the office at the same time, which can lead to even greater cost savings."

The findings of the survey argue that modern businesses providing their employees with the options to suit their working styles provides a direct correlation with employee retention and satisfaction.

It also found that there were a number of other benefits available to companies where flexible working was implemented.

Marketing director Tim Clapham said that as well as a flexible policy being easy to implement, it was also part of the cultural, economic and social changes that are affecting the balance between our careers and personal lives.

He added that the traditional nine-to-five is being replaced with more unpredictable, adjustable hours.

When considering the potential benefits of having an effective flexible working strategy in place, one could argue that businesses that do not offer such an approach to their employees are missing out on the advantages, to the potential detriment.

A recent report conducted by Vodafone and the RSA suggested that such a way of working could save the average employee up to five productive hours a week, working out at a cost of around £4,200 a year.

Employers meanwhile, could save up to £650 per employee on the cost of their desk space and £100 on printing.