Mobile workforces ‘improve productivity and wellbeing’

More than half of business workers believe remote working with improve productivity levels within their business, according to a new study.

 Varying an employee’s work environment helps them to concentrate and allows more daily duties to be completely without interruptions.

 The survey was commissioned by global workplace provider Regus, which has office space across Australia, and canvassed more 20,000 business people across the globe.

 Flexible working was also found to improve travel schedules

 Other key findings include:

  •  58 per cent of business people say remote working helps them be closer to clients or prospects for important meetings;
  •  35 per cent of business managers and directors globally report that they plan to allow their teams between one and two days to work remotely next year;
  • 11 per cent would allow workers to work remotely the whole week.

“Traditionally, business managers are thought to be hesitant about allowing employees to work remotely,” a spokesperson for Regus said.

 “So it may come as a surprise that managers are aware of the positive impact of remote working on their workforce. Offering employees the possibility of mobile working, even for a couple of days a week, increases their productivity levels as well as general well-being.

 “Further motivation for directors is that remote working provides companies with a wider reach. As a business grows, proximity to clients and prospects is indispensable but also costly.

 “Flexible working allows companies to have a presence in different locations, whether to meet potential customers or source suppliers, with little extra expense.”