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'Revolution' in flexible working under way

Employers are offering more opportunities for flexible working, after witnessing first-hand the improvements such arrangements can bring.


Remote working has increased nationally by 37 per cent in the last three years, with a rise of 53 per cent in London. Half of London employers have expanded their flexible working opportunities in the same period.

The research, undertaken by Robert Half UK, found that 60 per cent of HR directors, rising to 65 per cent in the public sector, thought that giving employees greater autonomy, including remote and flexible working, resulted in increased productivity.

More than half (51 per cent) thought greater employee autonomy would boost creativity and 45 per cent though it made employees easier to manage.

The recruitment consultancy described the developments as a 'revolution'.

Positive working environment

'Just because employees are at their desks in the office doesn't mean they are always working productively,' Phil Sheridan, Managing Director of Robert Half, said.

'Employees can work just as effectively remotely, especially now that advancements in technology have enabled us to share files, communicate with colleagues and collaborate on projects, without the added burden of a commute or distractions in the office.

'With UK businesses facing a skills shortage, companies need to consider offering a positive working environment that supports the needs of a modern workforce in order to attract and retain top talent.'

Acas publications and services

Extensive advice for employers on homeworking and flexible working is given in pdf icon Homeworking - a guide for employers and employees [272kb] and the pdf icon Advisory booklet - Flexible working and work-life balance [347kb] respectively.

Acas experts can visit your workplace and help you develop effective flexible-working policies; see Workshops, projects and business solutions or call the customer services team on 0300 123 1150 for details.

Acas also runs practical training courses on Flexible working and Work/life balance, including developing family-friendly policies in the workplace.

For free, impartial advice and guidance visit Acas Helpline Online.

Visit the Acas Training Courses, Workshops and Projects area for more information.

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