New research from workspace provider Regus reveals that flexible working is the key to long-term happiness at work.

The poll of just under 2,200 senior managers and business owners found that 90% were now offering flexible options, including flexi-location and flexitime. These respondents considered flexibility to be an effective means of enhancing staff morale and assisting them to achieve a better work-life balance ‒ benefits that umbrella company employees and others in the professional contracting community are already familiar with.

Last year, a similar survey found that 74% of the respondents saw flexibility as a way of improving business productivity; this year, the figure has grown to 81%. 67% reported that flexible working was less costly than the traditional fixed-office working arrangement, and 49% believed that this way of working resulted in an enhanced competitive advantage for their business.

68% of the respondents said that prospective employees were increasingly demanding such options and would choose employers offering flexibility over those who did not.

Echoing remarks made in June by PCG CEO Chris Bryce, who welcomed the new right to request flexible working as “the next stage in a revolution in working practice”, Regus UK’s CEO, John Spencer, said that the new research confirmed the “wide-ranging benefits of this modern approach to work.”

He added: “However, it is important that employers embrace the multi-location workplace, not just flexi-hours. And this doesn’t just mean offering home-working. Most people prefer a more professional, dynamic environment that is closer to home (but crucially not at home), such as a local business centre or a ‘third place’ work location.”


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