Making Flexible Working Work for your Business - A Carval White Paper

A White Paper from Carval HR Unity

With emphasis being put on the benefits of flexible working at a political level, those businesses that do not yet possess the technological infrastructure to facilitate more flexible and mobile working patterns are in the most danger of being left behind.

But what about the impact these extended rights will have on business performance and, most importantly, as we emerge from the recession and face stinging public sector cuts, the bottom line? Even though the traditional working environment has undergone radical change over recent years and mobile and internet technology now enables people to work remotely more easily, businesses have typically been nervous about adopting such schemes.

A recent survey by research house Vanson Bourne showed the main perceived disadvantages of flexible working included limited interaction between key workers, lack of management control over employees and security and confidentiality of information. However, nearly half of the organisations surveyed saw flexible working as the key to higher productivity.

Other advantages included retention of key staff and the ability to attract new and well-qualified employees, reduced office costs and more responsive customer services – tangible benefits that have a direct and positive impact on the bottom line.Great in theory, but in practice flexible working schemes need to be managed and reported on accurately to be truly successful for employers and employees.

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