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Rise of the freelancer – self-employed spikes as people seek flex 

And, according to the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE), the self-employed sector now includes approximately 4.8 million people, with freelancers comprising 42 percent of that population and 6 percent of the UK workforce as a whole. This according to research from Instant Offices.

Article by: Peter Johnson | Published: 11 June 2019

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Transitioning to remote working

Almost three-quarters of British workers believe it’s important that their employers allow them to work remotely. Clearly, the demand for workplace flexibility is prevalent, but is the technology available to enable fully flexible working environments? Contributor Mark Twining, partner and account manager - Curo Talen.

Article by: Mark Twining | Published: 28 October 2018

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The very real business cost of ignoring flexible working

Despite an increase of 1.3 million flexible workers in the UK since 2011, untapped appetite for further flexibility exists. Young workers, women and blue-collar workers are least likely to enjoy flexibility under current working arrangements. The UK could risk £12 billion a year in economic output, if employers do not fully embrace flexibility, a new study has revealed.

Article by: Erik Fjellborg | Published: 12 October 2018

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Less flex, more stress

Studies the link between health risks and productivity – revealed that employees who do not have an opportunity to work from home or change their start/end time, lose the equivalent of four days** of productive working time per year due to ill-health related absence and presenteeism.

Article by: Shaun Subel | Published: 30 April 2018

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Will flexible working survive the fad phase?

One particular hype appears to have made a lasting impression; flexible working. What does flexible working mean? For decades, a lot of work in industrialised countries happened in office environments between the hours of 9 AM and 5 PM. However, working outside office walls and hours is becoming increasingly popular.

Article by: Ivy Holt | Published: 23 March 2018

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Flexible Working – Time to Change the Narrative

Barriers to flexible working are many, and can include manager reluctance, myths and stereotypes (including that if you want to work flexibly you are somehow less committed), fear of setting precedents and ingrained traditional working practices.  The traditional office working pattern originated decades ago – but work has changed and it’s time that organisations caught up.

Article by: Gemma Dale | Published: 10 March 2018

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Are remote workers more Engaged and Productive?

Remote workplaces can create big rewards, and you may already be using the strategies to achieve it. For some jobs, you must be in a certain place at a certain time. If you're building planes, you must be in the production hanger. But for many, many jobs, if you have an Internet connection, you can work anywhere and with a lot of schedule flexibility.

Article by: Kim Shepherd | Published: 6 March 2018

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The Benefits of introducing Flexible Working

A recent study carried out by Investors in People revealed that 31% of employees polled would rather avail of flexible working arrangements, such as working from home, rather than take a pay rise. Flexible working arrangements bring many benefits to an employee’s life.

Article by: Jimmy English | Published: 2 March 2018

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The dark side of flexible working

Working mothers are especially disadvantaged given the high costs of childcare. Combining paid work and caregiving is challenging as the demands associated with both roles will compete for an individual’s limited time and resources. Excessive role conflict can interfere with work performance, increase stress levels and diminish well-being. Moreover, long-term difficulties in reconciling work and caregiving responsibilities can derail an employee’s career path and the prospect of advancement on the job.

Article by: Shainaz Firfiray | Published: 30 October 2017

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Time for reflexion

To avoid this possible negative effect, organisations must plan how they will work together to take advantage of change. Success depends on establishing the right organisational culture. We have ‘overshot’ from too much control, to too much ‘lifestyle’ working, and a balance must be found.

Article by: Mike Robinson | Published: 13 October 2017