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Employers set to go flexible with working schedules in 2013

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Next year has huge potential to spawn major changes in the way employees work, with the introduction of flexible working schedules expected to come under the spotlight.

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Next year has huge potential to spawn major changes in the way employees work, with the introduction of flexible working schedules expected to come under the spotlight. This was claimed by Norma Pearce, a Human Resources director for technology giant Plantronics, who told freshbusinessthinking.com that 2013 would see many companies warming to the idea of flexi-time policies. Cited by ihotdesk.com, research from Polycom suggests that only four in ten UK businesses are currently allowing their employees to work remotely despite of the benefits in doing so. However, the number of people working from home has increased by 21 per cent in the last ten years and it's thought adoption will speed up into the new year. Ms Pearce mentioned that affordable technologies like broadband, tablets and headsets would play a crucial part in allowing employees to work from home in 2013. It's from there that staff may wish to update their home workspace as a result - something which could see them opting for a garden office over an in-house solution. In her blog, Ms Pearce claimed that by freeing employees and offering them the choice of working from home, companies could enjoy a range of productivity benefits. She wrote: "Flexible working has the power to increase efficiency and effectiveness, improve staff attraction and retention, reduce attrition, reduce absenteeism and create a more satisfied workforce. "These are all important qualities for businesses facing a prolonged period of economic uncertainty."

Author:

Richard Towey

31st December 2012