Over 200,000 British office workers from 200 different companies worked flexibly this Monday as part of the Smarter Working Initiative.
Back for a second year, the campaign, supported by Powwownow, encouraged companies to give their staff the opportunity to spend one day working from a location that suits them, to show organisations the positive impact of smarter working.
Businesses including Purplebricks, RED Driving School, Mediacom and Farfetch took part, while flexible working facilitator NearDesk offered free access to over 40 of its nationwide locations for one day.
The campaign’s own research found that nearly half of employers (48%) do not encourage flexible working, despite 70% of workers saying the option would make a job more attractive to them.
Over half of workers (53%) stated they would be more productive if they could spend some time working out of the office, and the campaign aimed to demonstrate how flexible working results in improved wellbeing, increased productivity and faster business growth.
With nearly half British employees (44%) feeling they don’t spend enough time with family and friends, the Smarter Working Initiative allowed working parents to spend more time with their children on the first Monday of the school summer holidays.
Jason Downes, Founder of the Smarter Working Initiative, said:
“Our aim was to show companies that smarter working has an incredibly positive impact on employees and employers alike. Understanding these business benefits is the first step towards making a change in workplace culture, so we’re delighted that so many businesses took part and embraced flexible working – we hope they experienced increased productivity and morale among their workforces.”
Flexible working commentator, Adrian Lewis of Activ Absence welcomed the initiative, saying:
“Working from home is not suitable for every job or every employee, but for many it is just a case of getting the tech in place so who knows who is working where and when. It’s also important to remember that home workers still accrue annual leave and can still get sick, so having a system that improves visibility, and maintains contact with the rest of the team is vital to help flexible working succeed. Stats tell us that those employers who get it right will improve talent retention and staff loyalty, as well as productivity – so if you haven’t looked into flexible working yet, take a second look!”
For more information visit www.smarterworkinginitiative.com