UK employers urged to embrace flexible working

UK employers urged to embrace flexible working

Businesses in the UK have been encouraged to implement flexible working in a bid to boost productivity and efficiency as the practice can cut down on time wasted commuting to and from the office.

Liberal Democrat business minister Jo Swinson has said that the right to request flexible working should be extended to those who commute during the rush hour.

From next year, all employees with at least six months service will be able to request the right to work flexibly under government plans, with many firms looking to take advantage of the benefits smartphones and tablets provide, particularly with the growth of Wi-Fi hotspots meaning people can work on the move.

“There are a whole range of reasons why people might want to work flexibly. They might for commuting purposes want to miss particularly busy times of the day for travelling,” she told a House of Commons business committee

Ministers have insisted that there is a significant “business case” for the growth of flexible working.

The reliability and flexibility of cloud technologies and voice-over internet protocol (VoIP) means that businesses can now offer more flexible working opportunities, without the fear of a fall in productivity.

Investing in VoIP could be a wise move if the moves to increase the rights to work flexibly are increased by the government, as it offers a cheap, efficient and direct link to staff even when they are at home or on the move, boosting collaboration and allowing work to continue at the same pace no matter where in the world staff are located.

As more and more companies and employees take advantage of flexible working and make greater use of mobile devices, there is an increased need for organisations to implement tougher security measures.

A mobile device management tool is one way that companies can boost their information security measures and allow workers to make use of their own personal devices, which can be cost saving.