POSTED: February 09 2016
VODAFONE SURVEY REVEALS RAPID ADOPTION OF FLEXIBLE WORKING

VODAFONE SURVEY REVEALS RAPID ADOPTION OF FLEXIBLE WORKING

75 per cent of companies worldwide have now introduced flexible working policies to enable employees to vary their hours and use the latest technologies to work from home or on the move according to one of the largest global surveys of its kind conducted with 8,000 employers and employees across three continents. The survey – Flexible: friend or foe? – by Vodafone drew on responses from small and medium-sized businesses, public sector organisations and multinational corporations (MNCs) in 10 countries.

Respondents stated – to a striking extent – that they believed performance had been enhanced as a result of flexible working:
– 61 per cent of respondents said their company’s profits increased;
– 83 per cent reported an improvement in productivity; and
– 58 per cent believed that flexible working policies had a positive impact on their organisation’s reputation.

Vodafone’s survey also explored the reasons why 20 per cent of respondents said their organisation had not yet implemented a flexible working policy. Of those reporting that there was no such policy in place:
– 33 per cent said they believed it would not suit the culture of their organisation;
– 30 per cent were concerned about friction between employees working flexibly and those who did not do so;
– 25 per cent believed that work would be unfairly distributed between flexible and non-flexible groups of employees; and
– 22 per cent believed employees would not work as hard if allowed to adopt flexible working patterns and technologies.

While the minority of respondents without flexible working policies in place were clear on the reasons why their organisations had not yet pursued these, even within this group there was a clear sense that reversing their organisation’s position would deliver benefits:
– 55 per cent of employers without flexible working policies in place agreed that employee morale would improve if these were to be introduced;
– 44 per cent said they believed productivity would improve as a result; and
– 30 per cent believed profits would increase.

Full press release on vodafone.co.uk