Opinion

Global village to impact on working practices

According to Howard Grosvenor, managing consultant at people performance specialist SHL, global changes will have a great impact on the way we work in the future. UK employees will need to be flexible enough to continually work across time zones, languages and cultures.

The employee of the future will most probably not be sitting at a desk from nine to five. Future workspaces may be made up of meeting spaces, and the notion of nine to five might gradually disappear, with staff working ad hoc hours to fit around their home commitments.

Offices may well disappear and instead miniature business centres could spring up near satellite offices. Increasingly, people will work from home as organisations cut down their overheads on office space and use remote locations. Better technology infrastructure will make distributed working easier. All of this will have a positive impact on health and stress levels.

With this new-age worker in mind, many employers are now considering remote working and working from home as viable options in their recruitment drive.

Recruitment websites, including Remote Employment and BCSRecruit.com, will come to the fore and take the lead in recruiting tomorrow's workers. Currently, around 3.1 million people usually or regularly work from home and this is likely to double in the near future.

Ken Sheridan, managing director of Remote Employment, believes the recent emergence of virtual jobs and virtual communities is changing the way companies attract and retain skilled employees. Smarter organisations reduce employment costs by adopting remote working as a regular employment solution.

Flexible working practices, such as remote working and working from home, can increase business productivity and competitiveness, help to reduce transport congestion and pollution, improve worker's health, and assist disadvantaged groups.

Sheridan says, "The new worker's green agenda will increase home working, which will make it much easier for families to achieve a better work-life balance. Remote employment hopes thousands of companies and organisations will follow the new-age worker by implementing flexible working practices to the benefit of their business, their employees, and the country as a whole."

David Harvey, product manager of BCSrecruit.com, said, "The trend towards home working is not showing any signs of abating. We believe that working from home is a lifestyle choice that many employers will increasingly need to bear in mind when recruiting those with in-demand skills. If they do not take heed of this growing trend towards flexible home working, they may well find that valued employees move with their feet to companies who do, taking advantage of online recruitment opportunities."




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This was first published in April 2008

 

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