Companies in the UK are giving employees the opportunity to avoid daily commutes, and work from other locations, says a new report.
The research by Regus found that two in five professionals (39%) were able to work from locations other than the company’s main offices for at least half the week. The move helps reduce the cost and stress of commuting for employees.
According to the report, this flexible working style also benefits employers. Forty-three per cent of employees say that they put in longer hours when they do not have to commute. Furthermore, 67% of workers said that they spend more time with their partner and family, and 60% said that they spend more time exercising – both of which can translate to more effective workers.
However, there is still resistance to the flexible working style due to employers’ attitudes. The research noted that 28% of respondents cited “company culture” as the main reason for a single working location, implying the need to be seen at the desk.
Steve Purdy, UK Managing Director of Regus said that the benefits of flexible working were twofold. “On the one hand workers are more relaxed and healthy, and on the other they are also more productive, benefitting the business too.”