90% of workers expect flexible working to 'become the norm'

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Businesses are constantly looking for ways to make their operations more effective.

Whether it is encouraging more trade, making operations cost-efficient or focusing on employee engagement, firms will be keen to use all of the resources at their disposal to grow the enterprise.

One option that is frequently put forward is flexible working, as it is relatively easy to implement and can have far-reaching benefits for all of those involved. It does not necessarily mean working from home, as the measure also covers flexible hours and allowing remote working.

Research by Ortus has found that 90 per cent of UK professionals expect flexible working to become the dominant employment model in the future, while this figure rose to 96 per cent when only HR employees were asked.

Despite this, it is only the sixth most-popular employee benefit, as just 12 per cent deemed it vital to a job. Top of the list was 25 days holiday (40 per cent), a company pension scheme (29 per cent) and an annual bonus (24 per cent).

Stephen Menko, UK director of Ortus said: “The business case [for flexible working] is obvious, as it allows for efficiency savings on office costs and greater output.

“However, the benefit to the individual of a better work-life balance and less time and money spent commuting are perhaps surprisingly ranked low and maybe HR need to convey this cost-effective benefit in a more compelling way. 

From my point of view, any measure that makes it easier for workers to do their job should be embraced, especially at a time when motivation levels may be hit by the labouring economy.

It is not practical for every firm to hand out sweeping pay increases across the board, but by focusing on initiatives that can boost wellbeing, they can make sure staff still feel valued.

 

Posted by the Secret Businessman