Our ground-breaking work on mobile working shows that the UK is on the verge of a flexible working ‘tipping point’ – when working away from the office becomes more common than working solely from a desk, 9am-5pm. It is expected that by 2017 over half of organisations in the UK are likely to reach this tipping point and adopt mobile working practices; it is further predicted that by 2020 over 70% will follow suit.
We have the technology and we have the need to change. Indeed early adopters are already benefiting. However change will be challenging and leadership will be critical to altering organisational cultures.
Our research shows there is some apprehension from managers and HR professionals with concerns around working hours and performance management. Yet the benefits to organisations in terms of productivity, costs and staff wellbeing and retention are huge. Addressing cultural issues within an organisation with sensitivity and trust for employees as well as practical considerations can have massive positive impacts for employers and employees alike.
For more information read our report
, check out the press release
or contact David Shoesmith