The Growth in Flexible Working
The growth in flexible working is rapidly changing the way people work. Technology changes and the vast amount of mobile tools, apps, instant messaging, chat clients and file sharing/storage platforms are all having a dramatic impact on our ability to work wherever and whenever we choose.
Today’s home office is now typically equipped with better technology that we found in most offices only a few short years ago. The roll out of fibre networks, broadband, wifi deployments and new faster devices go hand in hand with the software that is now enabling a whole generation of workers to be truly mobile.
The workforce has dramatically moved on from the days of payphones, pagers and faxes! The speed at which the world of work now operates is faster than ever and it shows very little sign of slowing down.
Flexible Working Options
When it comes to the growth in flexible working a lot of options are now available. Some ways of working are better than others and can depend on the circumstances and the type of work.
With a variety of options in home working, remote working, flexible working, and co-working employees and employers are seeing the real benefits to flexible working.
A changing workforce is not only requesting but expecting to be able to work and communicate from almost any location.
This is seeing a growth in flexible co-working spaces which are busy hives of activity for people engaged in new startups to executives and teams of people working for medium and large corporate companies.
You only have to look at the investment in co-working spaces to see how these relatively new spaces/locations operate as effective enablers of the modern workforce. Companies such as WeWork, Iconic Offices, Dogpatch Labs, Republic of Work, Glandore, PierConnect and many others are all contributing to the growth in flexible working.
Employers Are Benefiting
Many more businesses are offering flexible working options to their employees and this is having a positive impact for the employer. Employers have begun to realise that when we focus on performance and productive results the emphasis on where the work actually gets completed changes. This is causing a large re-think on presence over performance for many organisations.
Unlocking the value in human capital has a direct positive impact on the bottom line for a company and this new flexible way of working can certainly position the employer as a far more attractive place to work, which in turn helps to widen the available talent pool.
Increasing Work Pressures
We have seen the increasing work pressure of the modern era and the increasing stress levels that can result (sometimes attributable to the ‘always on’ nature of the technology).
People who spend a lot of time commuting each day know only too well how unproductive this time can be in addition to being stressful.
Introducing a more flexible approach to work along with healthy work spaces and policies can positively impact on our overall well being.
It is not surprising to discover that over 50% of business people are now working externally to their employer’s main office locations for at least half of the working week.
While this figure represents a global figure and some business are faster to adopt a variety of flexible working options than others, it is hard to argue that the balance of work has moved from predominantly office based to a much more mobile and flexible approach.
The changing needs and requirements of the workforce have seen a clear shift in how we work, which now requires much greater flexibility.
The expectations of flexibility in the way we work are seen right across the working-age profile and is a more vital and important component of work regardless if you are employed, self-employed or freelance.
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