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Remote workers work for longer, work more productively and take less time off.

Mar 17, 2015 11:42:17 AM / by One2Call posted in Blog, BYOD, flexible working

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Yet another study has shown the benefits to both employers and employees of enabling more flexible working models.

As reported on UCisights.com recently a new survey entitled 'The Remote Collaborative Worker' has yet again found that when implemented well greater flexible working options brings benefits to employees and employers.

"Even the personal benefits workers experience can be viewed as employer benefits since workers tend to be happier, less stressed out, and healthier, thereby bringing down the costs of turnover, absenteeism, lower productivity, and other issues,” explained Michael Fitzpatrick, CEO of ConnectSolutions who undertook the study.

 The findings included:

Company Benefits

  • 77% were more productive when working remotely
  • 52% less likely to take time off when working remotely
  • 23% willing to work longer hours than they would on site
  • 42% of remote workers felt just as connected with colleagues as if they were in the office
  • Half of workers said that being able to work remotely at least some of the time made the much more likely to stay with the company

Lifestyle benefits

  • 30% reported savings of up to £3,395 per year in travel and other expenses
  • 45% of remote workers reported they got more sleep
  • 35% got more physical exercise
  • 42% reported eating healthier
  • 44% had a more positive attitude
  • 53% reported lower stress

 Enabling technology

If your business would like to look into ways of enabling greater flexibility in your workplace whilst retaining those vital communication and management links, please give us a call.

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How O2 saved money and increased productivity with flexible working.

Jan 12, 2015 11:33:14 AM / by One2Call posted in Blog, business, BYOD, Telecoms, Unified Communications, flexible working

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In 2012 O2 conducted on of the UK's largest-ever flexible working experiments and discovered a win-win situation for the company and it's employees.

In 2012 O2 asked all of the 2,500 workers at it's Slough headquarters to work away from the office for a day. It was a bold experiment, and here's what they found:

  • Almost all staff said they were at least as productive as usual
  • More than a third said they had been more productive
  • In one day employees saved 2,000 hours of commuting time
  • Water usage was cut in half
  • Electricity consumption was cut by 12% saving 12.2 tonnes of carbon emissions (equal to 42,000 miles in a diesel car)
  • O2 have also since calculated that each worker saves 127 hours every year by eradicating needless journeys

As a result of the trial O2 have created a permanent culture of smarter working with all employees encouraged to work out of the office for at least one day a week, with big effects on productivity.

Commenting on the trial in a recent TechRadar article their Business Director Ben Dowd said of flexible working;

"Despite the on-going economic recovery, UK productivity remains well below every one of our G7 peers, so we need to take advantage of the technology we already have to help us become more a productive, competitive workforce. The future of our economy depends on organisations of all sizes ensuring they have a digital way of operating that's fit for the future; smarter, flexible working is a great place to start."

One2Call is also backing flexible working to help boost the British economy and the quality of life for British workers. If you're company needs help and advice on the technology to help this to happen, contact us and speak to one of our experts.

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Can your business survive without flexible working?

Sep 19, 2014 11:16:12 AM / by One2Call posted in Blog, cost saving, doncaster, efficiency, Unified Communications, virtual desktop, flexible working, home worker

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If, as a new survey suggests, flexible working can improve staff morale, productivity, competitive advantage AND save money, can your business survive without it?

A recent survey from office space provider Regus polled 2,200 business owners and senior managers for their opinions on flexible working. The findings included:

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