Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Flexible working revolution on its way

It's nearly time for Work Wise Week and the fine folk at Work Wise UK have highlighted a new survey by First Direct revealing that more than a third of British workers now work outside traditional working hours. Phil Flaxton, chief executive of Work Wise UK, said: “What we are seeing is the beginnings of a complete revolution in the way we work. The changes are unavoidable, and crucial if the UK economy is going to be able to compete in the global economy in the face of competition already emerging from India and China. But, generally, this change in the way we work is actually for the good. Apart from significantly improving productivity and competitiveness for businesses, adopting new smarter working practices, such as flexible working, home working, remote working and working from home, will also help employees achieve a better work-life balance, reduce the stress caused by work and long daily commutes, with associated health impacts, and positive effect upon family life. And at a time of huge concerns over the environment and congestion, the reduction in the need to travel and staggering of travel times will have a positive impact there as well."

The second annual Work Wise Week runs May 16 to May 22 including National Work from Home day on Friday, May 18. During the week, organisations will be encouraged to participate in smarter working practices such as allowing staff to stagger their commute and working from home.

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