According to research sponsored by Microsoft, mobile working is on the rise and businesses need to pay attention or risk losing employees to companies with more attractive flexi-working policies.
The survey revealed that 73% of people in the U.K. consider the ability to work flexibly a deciding factor when choosing a new job; while 52% of workers believe they would enjoy a less stressful working life as a benefit of working remotely.
Room for Improvement
The research pinpoints three key areas that businesses need to focus on to promote mobile working.
First, only 16% of businesses have a formal flexible-working policy in place.
Second, the survey revealed that while younger people (ages 16 – 24) would like to work remotely, one in four are concerned that this will be negatively perceived by employers. This highlights a perception issue, with staff feeling that they are not trusted to work productively away from the office.
Finally, 36% of survey respondents cited a lack of proper equipment as the primary barrier to working away from the office. This is a strong sign that providing employees with the technologies they need to work remotely — whether this be a laptop, UMPC, and/or smartphone — is key to the successful implementation of flexible working.