Increasing numbers of employers are looking at flexible working as an alternative to the traditional office-based model of workforce. In fact, over a third of companies in the UK now offer flexible working of some kind.
However, a lot of employers remain unconvinced, fearing that allowing remote working from home will impact on productivity. That isn’t borne out by workers themselves, though.
A study by the Institute of Inertia (more details of which can be found here) suggests that almost half of UK workers feel they are more productive when working from home – so much so that almost a quarter of workers would accept a remote working position instead of a pay rise.
That in itself proves the value workers attach to working from home. It’s worth looking at that in more detail if you’re considering moving to flexible working.
The benefits of flexible and home working
Flexible working, and allowing staff to work remotely from home, has a number of benefits for both employer and worker. Staff are able to have a better sense of work/life balance, partly because they aren’t spending time travelling to and from work, but also because they can set their working hours around other commitments.
In terms of productivity, many remote workers feel like they are better able to concentrate on their workload at home. The office can be a distracting place – noisy, busy and often interrupted by countless meetings and requests.
Over 7 million workers say they suffer from procrastination and “inertia issues” when working from the office – perhaps surprising when many employers feel the reverse would be true if they were working from home.
Staff loyalty is also a benefit for employers – most employees say that the ability to work from home would make them feel trusted by their employers. Trust is a large factor in staff retention, so introducing a policy of flexible working could in fact help you to retain staff, cutting down on churn and saving you money on recruitment and training.
Work is what we do, not where we go
Chief Executive of Work Wise UK, Phil Flaxton, said that “work is something you do, not somewhere you go.”
That kind of cultural shift may take time to fully implement but with many employees dissatisfied with office-based work and a growing number of people moving to freelancing as a means of achieving that freedom, you might have to think about moving in that direction if you are to prevent “brain drain” and loss of experience and skills from your business.
As technology allows us to become more mobile, increasing numbers of young people in particular have a hard time accepting that they are expected to travel to work and stay there all day. Attracting talent in the future will mean becoming less rigid and more flexible throughout your office culture.
White Office Desks can help you create the perfect flexible working model
Flexible working can be more efficient than traditional models and may require you to overhaul your office design. White Office Desks are modern and practical and can help you to create a hybrid workspace.
Mix traditional “pods” or team configurations with hotdesks for flexible workers to use when they need to come into the office. We have a fantastic range of White Office Desks that come in a vast array of styles and configurations to suit your needs.
You can check out our many ranges here and get support from our sales advice team if you need help in making a decision.