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Flexible workingFlexi-hours, remote working, freelance and telecommuting – these are some of the latest buzzwords in the workplace, and according to Regus, a great method for increasing productivity and revenues. According to a study by Regus, this global trend has seen 72% managers comment on the fact that staff becomes more motivated and energized in direct correlation with flexible working arrangements, while 68% believe that flexible working has increased revenues. (more…)

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Succeed at Remote WorkingWe’re always talking about the benefits of hiring remote workers for your business. Employees are certainly in agreement with the advantages of working from home, as they have better control over their activities. A Stanford University study found that attrition rates amongst home workers dropped by 50%, while Harvard Business Review published an article on the results of a similar study, which found that home workers completed 13.5% more calls than office staff. It is thought that the flexibility of being at home if you have kids and other commitments outside of work, makes life easier for remote workers, and those very commitments inspire them to do more, quicker. Another contributing factor to the increased productivity, could be the quieter environment in which to make calls and do work that demands silence.
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Global Evolving Workforce Infographic ThumbnailAccording to a recent study by Intel and Dell on the use of technology in the workplace, perceptions regarding remote work are shifting. Of course, this is fantastic news for technology providers who cater to this market, but it is also good news for companies and their employees who work remotely.

The study involved interviewing 4,764 full-time professionals from small, medium and large organizations across 12 countries. The findings uncovered “dramatic change in how employees will interact with their jobs, colleagues and corporate environments in the future.”
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Remote Worker ProductivityAs we’ve discussed previously, remote workers and work-from-home arrangements are becoming the norm for many businesses these days, and although some employers are still skeptical about the efficiency of having people work outside of the traditional office, remote workers are here to stay. Due to the fact that you can easily hire a specialist remote worker at a fraction of the cost of hiring a full-time in-house employee, as well as hiring remote freelancers on a need-to-need basis, more employers are taking the plunge. If you’re new to hiring remote workers, Mikogo has you covered. Follow our tips below to find out how businesses are managing and keeping remote workers productive and focused.
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RavalCo BarcelonaThere is so much to consider when you start your own business such as, where do you base yourself? Hiring private office space for a new start up or freelancer is likely to break the budget. The solution: coworking spaces. A coworking space is an office environment used by multiple businesses and freelancers who rent and share desk space. Co-workers benefit by gaining an official office location and sharing office resources (e.g. Internet).

However while there is a clear economic benefit, there are even greater business opportunities within these collaborative spaces. An office environment filled by professionals with different areas of expertise means knowledge is shared between businesses and freelancers. This advantage is felt firstly by the co-workers but most importantly this passes on to any client.

Once you scratch the surface, you discover strong communities within coworking spaces who have teamed together to offer greater services to their clients. We recently spoke to three coworking spaces in Europe to gain insight into the motivation which led to many people building and joining such spaces and the value created today.
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