O2, the leading provider of mobile and broadband services in the UK, recently launched a pilot scheme for flexible working. Around 3,000 workers at its Slough headquarters were allowed to take part in one of the largest initiatives for flexible working in the UK, operating remotely for the day rather than commuting to the office.
The pilot was introduced as part of an initiative to create contingency plans for disruption, which may be caused during the summer as a result of the London Olympics 2012. The flexible working pilot would reveal just what is achievable if employees are permitted to work remotely. The company is confident that their workforce is aware of the benefits of flexible working, including increased productivity levels and improved engagement of employees.
The business director at O2, Ken Dowd said:
“We practice what we preach, and by asking O2 employees to work together as a team to test the company’s flexible working practices for themselves, we want to show that there are no limits-no matter how big or small your business is.”
Businesses in the UK are increasingly reliant on flexible working methods, although data from O2 suggests that practices are restricted. Workforces are more productive when working flexible hours, according to 39 percent of businesses, while 43 percent think that retention of a workforce is improved by flexible working patterns.
Improved technology allows for remote working across the board, reducing operating costs in a number of sectors, like online accounting.
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