Two-thirds of employers ‘trust flexible workers’, survey finds

A new study has revealed that 63 per cent of the UK’s business owners are embracing flexible working and believe that those work at home are productive, freshbusinessthinking.com reports.     

Flexible working has become a perk that many workers value more than their salary increases and its effectiveness was highlighted in London during last year’s Olympic Games. However, there has always been a question mark over whether those that enjoy unconventional working patterns or work from a remote location can be trusted.

Latest YouGov research, commissioned by cloud solutions provider, Citrix suggests that in most businesses, this is no longer the case. A study of 200 small and medium-sized business owners has said that they do trust their ‘flexible’ employees are not only working, but are being more productive.

An additional 28 per cent of respondents said that flexible working had proved very successful in improving work-life balance, enabling individuals to be more effective when ‘on the clock’.

This is good news for job-hunters, some of whom might prefer to work from home on occasion to alleviate the drudgery of commuting or to juggle caring responsibilities.

In fact, 25 per cent of those polled said that they were under more pressure to introduce flexible working policies to meet employee demands, thus it’s a perk that could be open to more people in the future.

Speaking about the findings, Citrix senior director for marketing Andrew Millard said: “As well as meeting demand to improve individuals’ work-life balance, the growing acceptance of flexible working among senior teams shows managers are now realising the commercial advantages it offers.

“In the BYOD era, employees using virtual technologies can work just as effectively away from the office as they would within it – in most cases contributing to lower travel and office costs for the business.”

by Elizabeth Smythe on October 9, 2013

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