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Benefits of flexible working explored

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Working flexibly can have real, tangible benefits for both the employee and their business, one expert has explained.

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Working flexibly can have real, tangible benefits for both the employee and their business, one expert has explained. Writing for londonlovesbusiness.com, blogger Sophie Hobson claimed that it wasn't just the worker who could benefit from spending some time out of the office, but their company as well. Hobson said that employees who work from home are more able to be flexible with their time, which has a positive impact on the work they undertake. For example, some people prefer mornings and slump by the afternoon, whilst others start to find their peak some time after lunch. Traditional office hours do not account for this and keep people working at times when they may not be quite so productive. A more flexible approach, on the other hand, can ensure employees are at their desks for the times of day they're most likely to get a great deal done. Businesses looking to utilise this approach needn't worry about leaving the office open all hours, however, but can instead trust their workers to get on with the job at home - potentially in a garden office. This also has the added knock-on effect of establishing a greater level of trust between employer and employee that can only impact positively on work rate. Working away from the office could also impact productivity, as the commute time is reduced, whilst employers are free to move around as they see fit. "Better use of time, leading to improved productivity, is also facilitated by employees being allowed to be more physically flexible," silobreaker.com reports Hobson as saying. "If staff are able to work in the location that best suits them on any given day, they can reduce travel time."

Author:

David Howells

13th May 2013