Flexible working popular among employees

There is a high demand among employees for flexible working arrangements, research by the Centre for Economic and Business Research (Cebr) and Citrix has found.

The research, which surveyed almost 1,300 employees in the UK, showed that flexible working arrangements were popular with most employees:

96% of respondents who have the option to work flexibly choose to do so

83% of people who don't currently have the option would choose it if given the opportunity

94% of knowledge workers would choose to work from home for an average 2 days per week.

The findings also suggested that flexible working could boost employment levels:

68% of unemployed or economically-inactive people believe flexible working would be an incentive to start working

60% of part-time workers said they would be more likely to work additional hours if they could work outside of the workplace.

Nigel Holland from Holland & Co Chartered Accountants said:

“There exists a great opportunity for firms to become more productive if they adopt modern technology and allow staff to work more flexibly. It is not always necessary for staff to be at their desks 9am to 5pm. It is possible for staff to work at alternative locations outside regular hours.

Staff will be more productive and happier if flexibility is introduced.”