Flexible working has become one of the most discussed issues when it comes to the workplace, with CEO’s, HR Managers and experts all weighing in on its benefits. At Goodman Masson, we’ve been testing and structuring our own policy in order to make it effective for every member of staff… and yet not many companies seem to be joining us, as, according to TimeWise, just 6.2% of 3.5 million job adverts analysed had both a salary above £20,000 and offered a degree of flexibility.
In the past flexible working has been seen as an issue that in the majority affects new parents, however studies have debunked that myth and it turns out we’d all love the chance to spend a little more time working where we want.
“Salaries and skills aren’t the same across the board and how you work shouldn’t be either.”- Anna Whitehouse, Mother Pukka
Just 1/3rd of UK workers are happy with their current work/life balance, which could be affecting productivity levels in the office as we spend more and more time commuting. Disproportionately affecting Londoners, who in recent years are finding themselves living further from the City, cutting the commute would affect many facets of our employees’ lives.
Gaining an extra hour or so for their day, 60% of HR Directors have seen an increase in work productivity after allowing employees to work remotely from home. This increase has been put down to everything from wanting to prove themselves worthy of the trust, to the ability to use their own devices, a factor Samsung’s studies found could save employees 58 minutes per day.
What we do know is that is saves our employees their hard-earned pennies, cutting an average of £146 from our monthly spend. Staying home in the Summer could also help to reduce our carbon footprints, from the UK’s whopping 32.7 million tonnes a year, through commuting alone. Although if being green is your main motivator, it might be worth battling the trains during winter, as heating a home negates any good gained from the lack of commute.
For some, flexible working might mean coming in an hour earlier and leaving an hour later, for others it might mean a day working at home in their pyjamas, and for some it may even mean living in an entirely different city. What we’ve found is that if you put in the time to figure out what works for each individual, you’ll get that time back two-fold.