Flexible Working Studies Show a Growing Industry

Flexible working

Flexi-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.

Regus is the largest flexible work­place provider in the world, offe­ring a wide range of services, such as offices and meeting rooms and the global study included respond­ents from a number of count­ries, inclu­ding Mexico, Japan, UK, South Africa, USA, France, Germany and Australia.

From a talent manage­ment perspec­tive, moti­vated staff are more likely to remain loyal to their compa­nies. Ther­e­fore, flexible working is successfully used to entice talent to join and stay with compa­nies. The flexible working studies featured below provide posi­tive proof that busi­nesses around the world feel that such prac­tices can help compa­nies over­come growth barriers.

Small Businesses Embrace Flexible Working

Regus reports that 80% of small busi­ness mana­gers have embraced working flexibly more than they have done previously, and more so than the norm.

Perhaps a reason for this willing­ness to work differ­ently, could be the fact that small busi­nesses are gene­rally more cost-conscious than larger corpo­ra­tions with bigger budgets.

Small compa­nies also tend to hire remote workers or free­lan­cers, which means that they pay flexible hourly rates for deli­ver­a­bles and are unin­volved in IT and other infra­struc­ture, rather than paying flat rate sala­ries, office rental and in-house main­ten­ance and IT. Instead, small busi­nesses make use of cloud or web-based colla­bo­ra­tion tools, such as online meeting soft­ware to work remo­tely with freelancers.

Flexible Working at home

Productivity: A Direct Result of Flexible Working

In the study, respond­ents from both large and small busi­nesses agree that reve­nues increase when they allow employees to work flexibly, while small busi­nesses are convinced that it is a direct result of working flexibly.

While the study did show that staff working flexibly felt more moti­vated and ener­gized, and that it is a key tool to promote talent-reten­tion, it is also the likely cause for the increased productivity.

Happy workers are produc­tive workers, and it only makes sense that a worker would rather complete the tasks set out for the day and move on to their other prio­ri­ties, than to punch a clock for eight hours a day, 20 days a month.

The Regus study did show that most remote workers work on the move and from work centers in their cities. This is a parti­cu­larly attrac­tive option for workers and employees at small busi­nesses that don’t have a large network of company head offices.

Aristotle

“Plea­sure in the job puts perfec­tion in the work.”

ARISTOTLE, GREEK PHILOSOPHER & PHYSICIST (PHOTO COURTESY OF WIKIPEDIA)

Freelance Industry Growing Rapidly

Fifty-one percent of the respond­ents in the Regus study intended to hire more free­lan­cers in 2013, with 80% of respond­ents belie­ving that more people will choose a more part-time career path, which, by default, will increase the demand for a more flexible working envi­ron­ment. Respond­ents feel that flexible working will help mothers retur­ning to work after having babies to better accom­mo­date the demands of work and family alike. This trend has continued to grow and now, in 2015, it is bigger than ever. The Working Trends 2015 survey has found that SMEs who hire free­lan­cers have upped their flexible work­force from an average of 25% to an average of 31% since 2011.

Care­er­Builder also conducted a study on the hiring trends that we would see in 2015. One of the major findings, was that 46% of respond­ents planned on hiring contract or tempo­rary workers this year. Of those respond­ents looking to hire flexible employees, 56% planned on turning those tempo­rary posi­tions into full time employment.

Based on the results of these studies, it is clear that flexible working is the way to go. Those who still resist the trend are yet to grasp the immense scope of bene­fits that flexible working combined with tech­no­logy has to offer today.

Accor­ding to Sam Greengard’s article in “Video­con­fe­ren­cing: Making the Right Connec­tions,” in Beyond Compu­ting , people already started under­stan­ding the bene­fits of video­con­fe­ren­cing back in 1996. In that year, nearly 300,000 systems were shipped by manu­fac­tu­rers, and the next year, 1.4 million copies.

Of course, in today’s flexible working envi­ron­ment, we don’t have to rely on ship­ping expen­sive floppy disks or CDs, as online meeting tools are available at a frac­tion of the cost to allow remote workers to colla­bo­rate toge­ther over the Web. It is also faster and more effi­cient than ever before which supports the growth in flexible working further. If you intend on hiring more free­lan­cers this year, now is your time to check out the new version of Mikogo here. The latest release and new features will faci­li­tate the way in which you work with people at a distance, saving time, money and incre­asing productivity.

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