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Survey shows benefits of enabling flexible working

28 July 2016

Publication of a survey conducted by Regus has revealed that providing flexible working arrangements can help in attracting and retaining staff.

Results from the study were obtained by asking 3,000 professionals across a number of sectors how they regarded the availability of flexibility in their workplace.

When asked which of two similar jobs they would choose, 91% opted for the one that offered flexible working, the company said.

Further to this, 32% said they would have stayed longer in their previous jobs if flexibility had been included.

Regus UK chief executive officer Richard Morris said employers should "think long and hard" about the positions offered within their business.

"The days of the fixed hours, fixed location job are becoming as outdated as the office fax machine.

"Flexibility is no longer seen as a perk, it is now a key differentiator for talented individuals," said Mr Morris.

He further stated flexibility provides individuals with more control "over where and when they are productive" and managers need to improve how they measure results.

Economic uncertainties also require businesses "to be more agile" and flexible working using available workspace "makes real commercial sense".

"Put simply, those businesses not thinking flexibly risk a talent drain," said Mr Morris.

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