Uncategorized November 2, 2012

Flexible working levels to increase, claims O2 survey

Within the next two years, 65 per cent of British businesses expect a rise in the number of employees working from home, on the move or out of the office.

That's according to research from telecoms firm O2, cited by freshbusinessthinking.com, which suggests the aforementioned firms believe 30 per cent of their workforce will become mobile workers.

Currently, 72 per cent of British companies are putting plans in place to 'transform their communications infrastructure' with 85 per cent focusing on flexible working.

In addition, over two thirds of firms are allowing employees to connect their personal devices to a business network.

When it comes to O2's own workforce, bring your own device (BYOD) is used by 60 per cent of the firm - an impressive 1,787 employees.

Overall, flexible working can help solve any difficulties in finding a healthy work/life balance as workers can balance duties at home with their working life. For CEOs thinking, "I'm struggling to run my business here!", flexible working could be a lifeline as it has the potential to improve motivation levels.

Other benefits from flexible working include improved business agility (91 per cent), cost savings (83 per cent) and improved productivity across the business (79 per cent).

O2's research follows figures from a TeamViewer survey, cited by officebroker.com, which states that over three quarters of the survey would want more flexibility to work away from the office in lieu of a pay rise.

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