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Flexibility and mobility saves BT millions

BT has claimed companies that do not adopt widespread flexible and mobile working will miss the chance of slashing their costs.

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BT has claimed companies that do not adopt widespread flexible and mobile working will miss the chance of slashing their costs.

BT says the one-workstation-per-employee business model can cost £18,000 to maintain for each desk-based member of staff, but, on average, only 42% of all office desks are in use at any one time.

The telco says that flexible working, while making use of mobile technology, allows companies to make the most efficient use of their property assets and avoid any unnecessary drain on resources.

BT estimated that it costs just £2,000 a year to provide an employee with flexible working technology and support, enabling them to work from home, the office, or on the move.

This figure includes devices such as printers and laptops, as well as line connections, equating to a £16,000 annual saving per employee.

BT claimed it has saved £350m in rent and rates since it implemented its established flexible working scheme, which includes reducing desk spaces in London from 10,000 in 1993 to 3,000 today. A further £42m will be saved in the next 18 months, as the company cuts space further.

A BT spokesman said, “The work/life balance angle has been exhausted with reference to flexible/mobile working. There are also the potential cost savings to business through the consolidation of property – property being the second-highest cost after staff costs.”

This article was part of Computer Weekly's enterprise mobile business channel, sponsored by Nokia

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