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Flexible working can help boost productivity, reveals O2 survey

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Improved business agility, cost savings and improved productivity are just some of the benefits businesses could utilise if flexible working practices were implemented.

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Improved business agility, cost savings and improved productivity are just some of the benefits businesses could utilise if flexible working practices were implemented. Research from telecoms firm O2 suggests a massive 65 per cent of British businesses expect 30 per cent more of their employees to become mobile workers in the next two years, cites freshbusinessthinking.com. By allowing employees to work on the move, out of the workplace or at home in the garden office, for example, businesses could help improve productivity and their work/life balance by "enabling them to shape their own ways of working on the devices they like best". Currently, over two thirds (67 per cent) of businesses are allowing employees to connect their personal devices to business networks while 72 per cent are putting in place plans to 'transform their communications infrastructure'. O2 has already made changes to its own business by allowing 60 per cent (1,787) of its workforce to use their own devices to access business networks. According to another survey by TeamViewer, cited by officebroker.com, 78 per cent of those surveyed cited flexible working as the key to maintaining job satisfaction when pay rises aren't quite as regular. Furthermore, 68 per cent would consider working from home full-time.

Author:

Ashley Curtis

31st October 2012