Smaller Firms not Introducing Flexible Working
Flexible working seems set to grow in importance over the coming decade as the way we work changes under pressure from technological and social factors.
Small businesses are struggling to keep up with this shift in the modern workplace however, at least according to a new piece of research conducted by mobile phone company O2.
The research, launched this week, highlights the reluctance of many small companies to adopt flexible working practices. This is despite the many benefits of doing so that are reported by both employees and employers alike. These include:
- improving innovation
- increasing productivity
- boosted employee engagement
The research found that 25% of SMEs use no technology at all to enable flexible working. Only 22% have considered using cloud based services to facilitate working from home.
The research also found that SMEs see flexible working as something that only benefits employees. By allowing employees to be smarter about the way that they work and giving them the tools they need, I believe that many small businesses can actually deliver on some of the key business objectives they are setting themselves.
Many of the services and technologies that small businesses need to work productively and on the move are simple and cost effective. They far outweigh the benefits of the investment and in fact many small businesses already have the technology in place, they just don’t use it.
Claire Darley, head of Small Business Sales at O2, explained that there is a lot more to flexible working than just flexible hours.
"Our research finds that many of the services and technologies that small businesses need to work productively and on the move are simple and cost effective. They far outweigh the benefits of the investment," she explained.