Flexible working revolution continuing to gain traction

Flexible working revolution continuing to gain traction

The phenomenon of flexible working looks set to take a greater hold on firms across the UK, according to new research.

A study by Robert Half UK claims opportunities for flexible working are becoming far more widespread, with the last three years alone seeing a 37 per cent rise in remote working among UK companies.  

Indeed the rising use of personal and mobile devices, driven by trends such as BYOD, as well as government legislation has led many organisations to look at more flexible working practices as part of a more viable overall solution for their everyday operations.

Concerns over its effects on productivity have largely proved to be unfounded, heightening the case for flexible and remote working even further.

In fact, research suggests that 60 per cent of HR directors believe productivity increases on the back of giving workers greater autonomy over working styles and practices. Such an approach can include both remote working and flexi-time.

By giving greater autonomy to employees, over half (51 per cent) of those surveyed by Robert Half thought there would be a subsequently positive boost in creativity, while another 45 per cent said it even makes management easier.

Workers within the public sector appear to be leading the remote working revolution, increasing by almost half (47 per cent) over the last three years.  

Private firms are doing their best to adopt such practices too, although the rate of progress is slower, with only a third of companies increasing remote working opportunities in the last three years.

Phil Sheridan, Managing Director, Robert Half commented: “Just because employees are at their desks in the office doesn’t mean they are always working productively.  Employees can work just as effectively remotely, especially now that advancements in technology have enabled us to share files, communicate with colleagues and collaborate on projects, without the added burden of a commute or distractions in the office.

"With UK businesses facing a skills shortage, companies need to consider offering a positive working environment that supports the needs of a modern workforce in order to attract and retain top talent."