Flexible working improves productivity, report claims

Modern
working practices such as flexible working are improving productivity, a report
claims.

The
study by BT Cellnet reveals that nearly 80 per cent of staff who work flexibly
think that their performance has improved as a result, with 68 per cent
estimating they are at least 10 per cent more efficient.

The
report, based on a survey among companies with more than 500 staff covering
half a million employees, shows that employers also see increased productivity
as one of the benefits of flexible working.

Seven
out of 10 senior decision makers surveyed believe their staff can be more
productive as a result of working more flexibly.

More
than a third of employers think flexible working increases staff morale and a
fifth report that it helps promote staff loyalty.

Chris
Mattheisen, BT Cellnet’s director of business marketing, said the research
highlights the business benefits to employers of helping staff balance their
work and home lives.

“New
technology which enables and empowers productivity is arriving every day but
the important factor is for senior people within the organisation to get
directly involved in the issue of enterprise time-management. If harsher
economic times do lie ahead, maximising productivity and ensuring a motivated
workforce will be critical,” he said.

By Ben Willmott

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