How Flexible Working Could Benefit your Organisation

Allowing employees to work flexible hours could boost the British economy, according to research.

It could lead to increased productivity and cost savings with gains of up to £8.1 billion – now that is what you call return on investment!

The report by Vodafone and the Royal Society of Arts is based on almost 3,000 UK workers. It found flexible working could produce an additional five hours of productivity.

What is flexible working?

It doesn’t only include working from home but working efficiently to optimise productivity. The report found that despite many organisations offering flexi-work, many workers are unaware they are entitled to it. This implies managers do not encourage it.

If an employee needed a couple of hours off in the work day, would it be more efficient for them to work from home to make up the hours rather than come in to work, leave and then return with wasted travel time in between?

Change in Culture

In order for the benefits of flexible work to enhance organisations, mutual trust between employees and management is crucial. There may not be a single approach that would suit every company but HR professionals should establish a model tailored to their organisation.

Why not try piloting a scheme with one department to compare productivity levels? You could be boosting the national economy, encouraging growth in your organisation as well as boosting morale among your workers.

Kind regards

Laura Ashley-Timms - Director of Coaching