The workplace revolution: The way we work is changing. Freelancing is on the rise, companies are expanding internationally and technology is helping employees stay productive wherever they are. It’s now easier than ever to put our businesses on the map. And there’s been an increase in flexible working hours and telecommuting like we’ve never seen before.
As more companies seek to reduce overheads and grow overseas, the movement towards flexibility offers an exciting opportunity. Shifting employees to smaller satellite offices, co-working spaces and bookable meeting rooms close to their homes or clients means that businesses can drive their company growth without forking out for the global real estate.
world of work
New technologies are making it easier than ever to create intercontinental workforces and put our businesses on the global map. Employees are looking to use this new connectivity to create a better work-life balance and to make their daily output more efficient.
Our latest survey shows how this change has already started, and reveals many of the ideas and motivations behind the flexible working revolution.
Remote working on the rise
54% of global respondents already work remotely 2.5 days per week or more.
83% of executives plan to increase their use of flexible employment in the coming years, meaning these numbers are set to rise.
The global context
Working mothers, ageing populations and young workers seeking flexibility are changing the nature of the global workforce.
Older workers remaining beyond their pensionable age
The role of technology
New Cloud technology, better Wi-Fi and modern communication tools mean we’re on call 24/7.
Messaging tools used in the previous month:
Online flexible working tools used in the last month:
Relishing remote work
As these tech advances help employees take their work with them, they’re increasingly seeing the advantages of flexible workspaces.
Reasons global business people plan to work remotely in the coming year:
Be closer to clients and prospects
Improve travel schedule
Attend events and training sessions
Be closer to my family
Be closer to members of my team
Get away from noisy home
Get away from noisy office
Because I am working overtime
Be close to suppliers
Limitations of home working
Remote working can be challenging: 45% of global survey respondents say they find it hard to concentrate at home.
Top home working grievances globally:
Family demanding attention
Family/pets disturbing phone calls
Lack of office equipment
Personal financial cost
Working remotely is not synonymous with home working:
of telecommuters are based at home.
Business people working remotely 2.5 days a week or more:
As companies move to more flexible working practices, their workspaces will become smaller, more numerous and more global.
Main drivers of flexible working in the coming year:
Businesses wanting to save reduce office costs
Working demanding to work close to home
Workers demanding to work remotely
Businesses wanting to be more agile as they seek to grow
Businesses avoiding ﬁxed leases
Businesses wanting to scale staff numbers more ﬂexibly
Businesses wanting to be more reactive to market changes
Businesses hoping to improve staff retention
Businesses hoping to attract top staff
Businesses expanding abroad
Workers get the freedom and productivity benefits of remote working without the downsides of being at home. All while companies boost their productivity, reach new markets and reduce overheads.
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