Flexible working: How modern offices get work done

With at least 50% of the UK workforce forecast to be working remotely by 2020, flexible working is a phenomenon no industry can afford to ignore.

Rapid advancements in technology, vastly improved networks and changing attitudes to working patterns, have resulted in an increasing upward trajectory of flexible, remote working practices.

As more and more industries and companies deliberate offering employees flexible working arrangements, it is important companies are aware of the pros this rising method of working creates, as well as the challenges.

The pros of flexible working

Employees who have greater freedom and flexibility over when and where they work benefit from a greater life/work balance. For example, working parents can be more involved with childcare and school activity.

Without having to endure a long commute to and from work and working in a quieter environment, remote workers can enjoy a more productive day’s work with less distractions.

Such flexibility gives people greater feelings of personal control over their work schedule and setting, bringing greater satisfaction, commitment and a desire to succeed to a workforce.

For an employer, a more satisfied, productive and loyal team brings multiple business benefits, including higher staff retention rates and a more creative, productive and engaged set of workers.

The challenges of flexible working

Despite the many benefits, there are challenges to remote, flexible working. One challenge is the notion of trust and having faith that employees are working the hours they are required to.

One way to overcome the trust barrier of flexible working is to regularly schedule team meetings and catch-ups. Modern businesses can take advantage of innovative collaboration tools available, to help them stay on track of projects and monitor deadlines and KPIs.

Flexible working in the recruitment industry

Certain industries have been slower to adapt to modern working practices, and recruitment – a traditional office-based working environment industry – has been lagging in the acceptance of flexible working patterns.

That said, the industry is moving forward and beginning to recognise the merits of having close-knit teams execute certain tasks remotely and reaping the productivity, creativity and staff loyalty benefits this trustful way of working inevitably creates.

Bailey Montagu is never afraid to embrace change and innovation and always endeavours to take bold steps to bring premium executive search services to our clients.

Emily Scott, Head of Practice at Bailey Montagu, utilises an innovative, proactive and collaborate approach to executive search and, by doing so, successfully appoints the right leaders to the right positions across all professional functions.

Contact Emily Scott at Bailey Montagu to find exceptional executive talent that will empower your company to growth during evolving working practices.