Flexible working: How to implement successful work from home initiatives

Jun 21, 2016

IT Pro Portal | Andy Nolan

In the two years since the introduction of the flexible working legislation in the UK, a number of businesses have introduced the concept into their organisations. Many others are still hesitant. The legislation states that any employee who has worked at a company for six months or more, is afforded the opportunity to work flexibly. But many businesses struggle to understand the benefits or are not sure how to get started.

Organisations are under pressure to provide benefits to improve work/life balance. One such way is offering flexible working options. These options result in happier, and ultimately more productive employees. While younger members of a team may prioritise better work-life balance, more experienced employees might be driven by flexibility to accommodate family responsibilities. According to the Institute of Leadership and Management, 84 per cent of managers who have implemented flexible working schedules in the UK have seen improvements in productivity, commitment and retention of staff. Consulting firm Accenture surveyed its employees and 80 per cent of respondents stated their flexible work benefit made them more likely to stay with the company.

For the employee, 79 per cent of employees would like to work from home and 36 per cent would choose a work-from-home option over a pay raise. A happier employee makes for a more engaged and productive workforce.