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Staff more motivated when working from home

Filed under: Business Continuity — Jonathan on January 30, 2013

Flexible working is being promoted by employers to recruit staff, with 64 per cent saying that it helps employee interaction and motivation. Similarly, 23 per cent said that it helped in maintaining staff. This is according to a survey from recruitment firm Hays. Therefore, those seeking business continuity jobs or other available positions can expect more flexi-options on the table in the recruitment process.

Around 69 per cent of employers made flexible working available, with choices including working from home, at 50 per cent, fewer hours, at 54 per cent, and flexitime, at 66 per cent. More than three quarters said that they didn’t allow working from home. However, from those that did, 58 per cent said they saw increased production as a result. Despite the obvious benefits that working from home offers, workers said that they were happier with the visibility that the office provides, as well as the interaction with colleagues.

Hays Regional Managing Director, Pam Lindsay-Dunn, said:

“There has been a clear shift in employer attitudes to flexible working over the last few years and they are now actively using this as a tool to motivate and engage their workforce in the absence of pay increases.

“Despite this new focus, our survey found that over a third (36%) of employers had not adapted their management training to provide additional support to managers who have people working flexibly in their teams.”

She continued to say that workers have to abide by the same procedures as anyone working out of an office, such as maintaining confidentiality of company information and the safety of any equipment and data.

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