In an interesting survey conducted by Vodafone, it was found that 75% of companies have moved towards flexible working policies for its employees. The flexibility in working policies enables the employees to use their comfortable productive time for work, as well as encourages the use of latest technologies to work from home.
The survey, titled ‘Flexible – friend or foe?’ was conducted with 8000 employers and employees across three continents, making it one of the largest global surveys of the time. The respondents comprise of small and medium-sized businesses, public sector organizations and multinational corporations (MNCs) from 10 countries.
The implementation of the flexible working policies has increased the company’s profits, according to 61% of respondents. 83% said that they witness an improvement in productivity due to flexibility. 58% of the people surveyed pointed out that the flexibility delivers a positive impact on the organization’s reputation.
The technology has a huge impact on introducing flexible working policies. Around 61% of the respondents use their home broadband connections for office works. 24% of the people use their mobile data connection via smartphone, tablet or laptop for official works.
Countering the increasing implementation of flexible working policies in companies, 20% of the respondents said that their organizations are still far from introducing the idea of flexible work policies. While 33% respondents think the flexibility may hamper the culture of their organizations, 30% fear the development of friction between employees who chose flexible working hours and who do not.
About 25% fear that the works may not get evenly distributed among employees when flexibility is introduced. Also, flexibility may hinder the employees from working hard, said 22% of people.
However, the 20% who have not experienced the flexible working policies think that it could deliver some benefits. Among them, 55% think that it would improve the employee morale and 30% believe it would increase profit. 44% said they think it could lead to the improved productivity.
The geographical differences between the respondents have shown some traits regarding the matter. In Spain, 71% of employees use own smartphones to work. However, in the UK, it’s only 38% who do so. In Germany, only 27% respondents use personal smartphones for official purpose.
New generation adopts faster to the new technologies, including cloud services, advanced messaging and video conferencing, according to the survey.
“Vodafone’s research reveals a profound and rapid shift in the modern workplace. Employers are telling us that flexible working boosts profits while their employees tell us they’re more productive. Central to all of this are the new technologies that are reshaping every sector, from high-speed mobile data networks and fixed-line broadband to the latest collaborative cloud services. We truly are in an era when work is what you do, not where you go,” said Vodafone Group Enterprise Chief Executive Nick Jeffery.
The survey was conducted by Morar, which was earlier known as Redshift Research, on behalf of Vodafone between September and October 2015. Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Netherlands, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, the UK and the USA are the countries where the survey was conducted.