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Technology changes working practices

Flexible working ‘can improve productivity’

workingFlexible working is regarded as one of the keys to improving Britain’s poor productivity record.

Office for National Statistics confirms that the UK is lagging 18 percentage points behind the average output per hour across other G7 nations.

According to workplace management firm Condeco Software, the UK can make progress towards a more productive future by embracing the possibilities that technology provides for more flexible and collaborative working.

It says that the impact of flexible working on productivity is well-documented. Research by Vodafone found that 83% of 8,000 global employers and employees had seen an improvement in productivity after introducing flexible working arrangements.

In addition, 61% of respondents said profits had increased.

This latest report adds to research suggesting that UK businesses could make productivity gains of £8.1 billion by optimising flexible working.

Paul Statham, founder and chief executive of Condeco Software, said: “The debate rages on around the appropriate response to the UK’s poor productivity results. Unfortunately the debate often jeopardises employee engagement, creating the feeling that measures to address productivity are somehow an indictment of the individual worker.

“Flexible working acts as an important boost to productivity not only because it allows employees to work when and where suits them best, but also because it empowers individuals by handing them a degree of autonomy.

“Introducing a flexible working policy has not always been entirely straightforward, but advances in workplace technology have now made the process more streamlined than ever.

“Business leaders can make their office spaces responsive to the requirements of their flexible workforce, and collaborative technologies have made working together from multiple locations a real possibility.

“Employees have been calling for increasingly flexible working structures for a while, and the technology ensures that these measures are now not only possible, but productive.”

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