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Flexible Working Could Be Damaging Your Employees’ Health

Flexible Working Could Be Damaging Your Employees’ Health

Small business employees could be doing serious long term damage to their health by taking advantage of flexible working, according to a report by Furniture123.co.uk. The survey of 1,004 UK workers revealed that while 41% choose to work at home at least one day a week – the vast majority don’t operate in an office-like setting. In fact, just 19% sit in an actual chair like they would during a normal day, suggesting they could be doing untold harm to their posture by not sitting correctly for long periods. While 34% of those who work from home claim to do their work at a desk within their home, 24% admit to carry out their role while lying on their couch. Millennial workers aged between 18 and 24 are the most likely not to work in an appropriate setup, with just 13% using an actual desk. Wh... »

British Workplaces are Only Occupied 42% of the Time

British Workplaces are Only Occupied 42% of the Time

UK workplaces are only occupied 42% of the time – suggesting a rise in flexible working and a need for businesses to take action – a report by Vrumi has indicated. The survey found that 9.6 million British workers now spend half their working hours at home with 60% of offices not even used during working hours. Vrumi has suggested that office sharing services could help improve the UK’s “space crisis” and has encouraged more businesses to tap into the country’s growing sharing economy movement. Rachel Johnson, an advocate of home working, said: “I started as a graduate trainee at the Financial Times in 1989 in an era of Next suits and shoulder pads – it wasn’t my natural environment. I found the presentee-ism pointless and not constructive. I launched my freelance career from a hot a... »

More Than Half of UK Small Businesses Reap Benefits of Mobile Working

More Than Half of UK Small Businesses Reap Benefits of Mobile Working

UK small businesses are reaping the rewards of mobile working with more than half (58%) saying it has visibly increased staff productivity levels, according to WorkMobile. A survey of 200 business owners and 200 mobile workers, the research found that 72% of respondents were more productive when working remotely in comparison to regular office hours. 39% of small business owners even said that mobile working had helped them save money. Businesses are even witnessing employees opting to work outside of office – 63% of workers said that mobile working has meant they work longer hours and 26% said they didn’t mind the overtime. Dr Moneeb Awan, managing director at WorkMobile, said: “Giving staff the freedom to work from home or out on site means they can schedule their job around other ... »

Flexible Working Provides “Competitive Edge” for Growing Businesses

40% of businesses have entire teams that work full- or part-time remotely New research has revealed that 67% of the UK’s fastest growing businesses state that having flexible working gives their business a competitive edge – helping to reduce costs and secure the best talent. The report, released by management platform 4th Office in conjunction with creative agency Rooster Punk, found that 40% of businesses have entire teams that work full- or part-time remotely. 87% of the business leaders surveyed felt that teams no longer have to be in the same place as new technology enables communication regardless of location. Though email still remains the main mode of communication with firms – with 97% stating that it’s the most used tool – the report demonstrated a rise in other digital communica... »

How Flexible Working Can Help Improve Efficiency

How Flexible Working Can Help Improve Efficiency

Flexible working gives employees the opportunity to decide how long, where and when they work. While in the past, staff members were expected to be in the office for the majority of their working week, they now have opportunities to work with reduced hours, flexi time, job share or work from home. This provides firms with a range of efficiency improvements: A healthy work-life balance means that staff are more likely to be happy, motivated and free from stress. This will improve absenteeism and reduce health and sickness costs. By allowing staff to work around their home commitments, they are more likely to stay loyal to your business. In a recent CIPD survey, 76% of managers said flexible working had improved employee retention. By allowing employees to work at the times of day they feel ... »

Flexible Working: Working Mums Feel Men are Discriminated Against

Almost two thirds of working mums think men are discriminated against with regard to flexible working, according to a www.workingmums.co.uk survey for International Women’s Day. The survey of over 365 mainly female working parents found that 65% felt men were not given a fair hearing over flexible working. The survey also showed 43% felt they did over 75% of the domestic chores and childcare. Around 40% of working mums had taken a step back in their career since having children. Only 29% had progressed. The rest had stayed at the same level. Thirty seven per cent of those who responded worked full time and 41% worked part time. The rest were not working. Women were concerned about the lack of flexible new jobs. A third felt trapped in the job they went on maternity leave from because... »

SMEs: Allow Flexible Working Ahead of New Tube Strikes

Businesses should allow staff to work flexibly to minimise the disruption caused by the ongoing London tube strikes, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has said. Further strikes are expected in October, as disputes between tube staff and London Underground continue. Maintenance and engineering staff walked out for 24 hours on 6th September – resulting in disruption to tube services until 8th September. The next strike is scheduled for 3rd October. CIPD employee relations adviser, Ben Wilmott, said that small businesses should offer their staff flexibility during the strikes. "Some employees might just need to allow more time for their commute, but others will have difficulty getting to work at all," he said. "It’s in the employer’s intere... »

How Many SMEs Support Flexible and Remote Working?

A survey released by Interactive Intelligence this week has revealed that 50% of enterprise level businesses positively encourage flexible and remote working and claim to have a well-developed technology platform in place to support it. Yet whilst more than half of the c-level IT decision maker respondents say that they have policies in place, only 18% are moving towards a fully integrated technology offering. The new findings reinforce the prediction made earlier in the year by the analyst firm Gartner, which believes that by 2012, 20% of businesses will own no IT assets, a trend that is in part being driven by the fact that more and more employees are operating personal desktops and notebook systems on corporate networks. The survey, which was carried out for Interactive Intelligence by ... »


Small firms offered free redundancy guidance

Small–business owners can access free advice on managing redundancies, following the launch of a new guide from the Equality and Human Rights Commission. ‘The guide to redundancy’ is aimed at small firms that may not have access to in–house professional HR advice and contains information on the various legal issues surrounding redundancy, such as discrimination. It also contains guidance on alternatives to laying off staff such as introducing flexible working and job shares. Equality and Human Rights Commission chief executive Nicola Brewer said: “We recognise that the law around equality and discrimination can be confusing and intimidating for people who don’t have a human resource specialist,” “Our research with small businesses tells us th... »

Flexible Working

Flexible Working Delays?

The government is apparently considering a delay to the planned expansion to flexible working laws in order to help struggling small businesses. After an independent review on flexible working in November 2007 the government had decided to extend the law on flexible working to be extended to cover parents of children up to the age of 16. However, worsening economic conditions and news that the UK may already be in recession, coupled with slow growth targets may have prompted a rethink on the introduction of the rights to extend these flexible working laws. This reflects the concerns of nearly half of small businesses who believed, in a recent survey, that having more staff work flexibly could be disruptive to their commercial operations. The cost to employers and the increase in red tape a... »

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