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The top line finding of the YouGov survey for BT Business indicated that flexible working policies are a valued employee benefit, with more than 37% of men and 34% of women saying they would be willing to give up part of their next pay rise if they could work from home.
The findings also indicate that SME directors clearly recognise that flexible working policies can positively impact their organisation, with 65% citing staff motivation and 50% citing increased productivity as key reasons to adopt them. The research also showed that 59% of SMEs directors believe they are as able as large organisations to embrace a flexible working culture.
Beatriz Butsana-Sita, head of marketing at BT Business, says, "Flexible working has previously been considered as a large company issue, yet the adoption of converged technology has seen a surge in flexible working practices and aspirations among [SMEs].
“More than a third of SMEs have already migrated to a converged voice and data network and at an early stage improved productivity (52%) and increased organisational flexibility (39%) are cited amongst the top three benefits. The traditional nine to five, Monday to Friday routine with the same people in the same offices looks more and more out-of-date.
“We need to be careful though how we use this technology. Making effective and productive use of our time is essential, not only to gain competitive advantage but also to help maintain a positive balance in our lives."