Nine months after the UK’s Right to Request Flexible Working policy came into effect, a sizeable number of British employees are making the most of the opportunity to conduct their duties from outside of their regular office.
This is according to a new survey from Unify, published on Thursday (March 12th), in which more than 15,000 Britons were polled on how their working arrangements had changed since the policy passed into law in June 2014.
Almost a third (29 per cent) of respondents stated that they worked from outside of the office at least once per week, with around two in five (39 per cent) describing their homes as the environment in which they were most productive.
A similar figure (40 per cent) went so far as to say it would be a “major liberation and improvement to their professional life” if they were able to quit their offices for good and carry out 100 per cent of their work from elsewhere.
The figures suggest that organisations will need to invest more in bring-your-own-device and cloud solutions in the future, accommodating this new generation of remote workers while ensuring that their habits are not putting key business data at risk.
Commenting on the poll results, Unify head of portfolio management Robert Keenen said flexible working “is here to stay”.
“More and more employees will be striving to achieve what they consider to be their perfect version of work-life integration,” he continued. “It is up to employers to find ways of enabling new ways of working while still ensuring that employees remain connected to each other and their clients.”
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