Get More Done, Get Out of the Office

People get more done if they’re free to work how and where they want. The future is already here, says novelist William Gibson, it’s just unevenly distributed. It’s the same with attitudes to work. Some companies still take a 19th century view of work. Fixed hours, fixed offices, fixed thinking. For employees in these companies, work is just a place. Others are more progressive. For them, work is something more. Technology has changed the nature of work. The idea that you could use a computer outside the office is very recent. Compaq, launched the first portable PC a mere 25 years ago. It’s the same thing with communications. Motorola launched the first mobile phone a year later in 1983. Thanks to technology, you don’t need to be in the office to be at work. T... »

Small Businesses are Changing the Way We All Work

Small businesses lead flexible working adoption, large companies lag behind A new study, commissioned by Microsoft Corp and conducted by Vanson Bourne, interviewed 1,500 workers across 15 European countries on their attitudes towards flexible working. It shows that small businesses better meet employees’ demands to have greater flexibility in deciding when and where to work. The study revealed that even though the majority of office workers want to work more flexibly, the larger the organisation, the less likely its employees are enabled to do so. Half of the people participating in the study said they lacked access to the most basic technology tools that would enable them to work away from the office. By not enabling the flexibility that working employees demand, larger and medium-sized b... »

Business Groups Welcome Continued 48-Hour Week Opt-Out

Small-business groups have welcomed a ruling by the EU Employment Council to retain UK employers’ right to ask staff to work more than 48 hours a week, writes Tom Whitney Under the EU’s working time directive, employees are restricted to a maximum working week of 48 hours. However, an opt-out clause allows the UK to permit employees to work a longer week. The rules do not oblige employers to offer overtime or require staff to work it. The EU Employment Council ruling retains the UK’s 48-hour week opt-out, but restricts employees to working a 60 hour maximum working week, averaged out over three months so they can work longer hours in busy periods. This is a reduction from the current cap of 78 hours per week. Under the new rules, employers will not be able to ask workers ... »

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