Gone are the days when you had to go into the office to communicate with your colleagues and clients. Thanks to the latest technology these days you can work just as effectively from the comfort of your own home or anywhere in the world for that matter.
Flexible working means that you can avoid travelling during rush hour, if the weather is too bad or if there’s a major problem with public transport – and let’s be honest, there quite often is.
For employees flexible working arrangements mean you can achieve a much better work-life balance and much higher levels of satisfaction while for the organisation you don’t even have to be in the same place or even the same time zone to work together.
On-line tools help to share material, work in progress, market intelligence, knowledge and schedules regardless of where you are in the world. As long as the work gets done, it doesn’t matter where on earth you are, quite literally.
According to BT at least 20 per cent of face to face meetings can be subsituted with online alternatives while typically working from home can increase productivity by between 20 and 30 per cent.
Companies such as BBC, Price Waterhouse Coopers and Deloitte have found that sickness rates have also dropped from around 9 per cent to 2.5 per cent since adopting flexible working – a real win, win all round then!
Below in this video we look at flexible working – what it is and how it can benefit you and your organisation.