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.
Published: 11 June 2019
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.
Published: 28 October 2018
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.
Published: 12 October 2018
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.
Published: 30 April 2018
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.
Published: 23 March 2018
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.
Published: 10 March 2018
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.
Published: 6 March 2018
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.
Published: 2 March 2018
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.
Published: 30 October 2017
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.
Published: 13 October 2017