Flexible working is the future, say analysts

Working outside the office is the future according to 78% of office workers, with offices considered uninspiring by a third, says research.

Working outside the office is the future according to 78% of office workers, with offices considered uninspiring by a third, says research.

Findings from the survey of 1080 people carried out by The Work Foundation and Microsoft also showed that over half would be happier if there was a greater element of mobile working in their jobs and 16% said that they would actually leave their jobs within six months if their boss was not open to flexible working.

Technology today negates the need for workers to be in an office on a daily basis and enables companies to formalise flexible working.

"Far too many of us endure a daily commute, only to sit at our desks and work on jobs that we could do from anywhere with an internet connection. So when in the office, I urge office workers to consider leaving their desks and taking the opportunity to go and interact with their colleagues instead," said James McCarthy, a mobile working expert at Microsoft.

McCarthy said the term office work needs to be redefined. "Far too many of us endure a daily commute, only to sit at our desks and work on jobs that we could do from anywhere with an internet connection."

Nick Isles, director of advocacy at The Work Foundation, said work is increasingly about the quality of outputs not just the quantity of inputs, such as time spent at your desk. "Giving office-based workers more control over when, where and how they produce good work means being ultra flexible not begrudgingly flexible."




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