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Workplace Flexibility – Why it’s Essential for Business

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According to Global Workplace Analytics, the number of us who work from home who aren’t self-employed has doubled since 2005, while a 2015 survey of 3,789 respondents carried out by Dropbox researchers revealed that 50% work from home on occasion.

While working from home is suitable for many employees and businesses, in recent years the term ‘flexible working’ has expanded beyond this and has come to mean enabling your employees to work from wherever they need to be.

Whether that be a home office, on a train during a commute or from a restaurant with a client – the modern employee’s workspace is no longer a fixed location.

Opportunities can be won and lost in a matter of minutes, so having employees who aren’t tied to desks and can work from anywhere, at any time, means businesses can be more responsive. And the benefits don't stop there …

1. Responsiveness

Digital Transformation might be the latest buzzword but it’s also true. Workplaces are becoming more digital, more things are happening online and the people you work with, and for, expect answers faster than ever.

Furthermore, as businesses become multinational when it comes to the scope of services and products on offer, the ability to interact with clients on a global level requires a workforce that can operate flexibly in terms of hours and locations.

2. Employee buy-in

One in three workers report that being able to flexibly integrate work and life is the most important factor in choosing a job”. Says Tracy Haugen, author of “Workplaces of the Future: Creating an Elastic Workplace.”

Modern employees value flexibility from employers. If you treat employees with respect and trust by allowing them to customise their work/life fit, that respect and trust will be returned. By agreeing to work from home, for you, they’re making a commitment to your business. 

3. Happiness and creativity

Studies frequently show that employees feel happier and more creative when they can work more flexibly and collaboratively. According to a survey carried out by Dropbox from Ipsos MORI, people with flexible and collaborative working conditions were 19% more likely than those with nether to feel happy, and 34% more likely to feel creative.

4. Increased productivity

In 2016, a survey of over 8,000 global employees carried out by Vodafone revealed that 83% said adopting flexible working improved their productivity. From consultants who travel being able to work on the road, to those in the office who need to take themselves into a quiet space, flexible working allows employees to combat distractions and stay productive.

5. Broaden your talent pool

Workplace flexibility is now essential when it comes to retaining a pool of top talent. If the talent doesn’t need to work from the office, your pool extends ten-fold and becomes not just regional, but global.

Flexible working is the future, and with the right technology in place, business and IT leaders can embrace this while ensuring their employees remain engaged and productive. Dropbox makes it simple for employees to work from anywhere, on any device, at any time. If you’re interested in how Dropbox can help your business to build a more productive, creative and diverse workforce, contact Portal today to find out more or book a 1-2-1 consultation.