British firms’ negative attitude towards mobile working is counterproductive, new research reveals
Almost 25 percent of UK managers have a negative attitude towards flexible and work from home arrangements, in spite of the fact that this approach could adversely affect their companies’ bottom lines, a new research report by webexpenses has revealed.
The poll suggests that, although around a quarter of UK bosses say that employees are viewed negatively by their organisation if they ask to work from home or out of the office, nearly 40 percent of managers believe that flexible arrangements had a positive impact on their business’ bottom line.
Furthermore, flexible working arrangements are highly appreciated by employees, who believe that they’re actually more productive when working out of the office, the poll revealed. For example, up to 32.9 per cent of employees who participated in the survey feel they do more work at home than in the office, with a further 36.6 per cent saying that working out of the office brings fewer distractions.
Sanjay Parekh, co-founder of webexpenses, said: “It is clear from our research that both employers and their staff see the huge advantages that can be gained from remote working – especially in respect to productivity and company profits. Unfortunately, there seems to be a cultural disconnect within many organisations when it comes to staff working out of the office – this culminating in staff feeling that they will be viewed negatively when requesting to work remotely. This is an almost Victorian way of looking at things, and I would urge more UK business leaders to embrace the remote working model.”
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