Teleworking seems to boost productivity (BT’s rose by 20% as it rolled our flexible working between 2001-2007).
US based Telework Research Network calculates that corporate America could save $400 billion if everyone who could telework did so for half the week and most of that saving comes from rising productivity.
22% of managers have their best ideas at home when they’re relaxed enough to let their minds wander freely (Research by Architectural practice Gensler).
If long hours were everything South Korea would rule the world.
Its people work on average 44 hours a week and until 2004 it was routine to only have Sunday off.
Yet the country lags well behind America and Europe in the amount of goods, services and wealth churned out in that time.
And its exhausted citizens have so few children that its on the verge of a demographic crisis.
Only a third of companies actively promote flexible working to its staff. (HR & Payroll Management Systems, survey by Conspectus, January 2009)
Most senior level job-share partnerships were up to thirty per cent more productive then one person working alone. Desperately Seeking Flexibility, is job sharing the answer? Carol Savage, Industrial Society, 2001.
A juicy role, according to headhunter Deborah Loudon, advertised flexibly will draw three times as many applicants.
68% of women without children would rather have more free time then make more money- even more then those with children (62%) More Magazine 2012 “Women in Workplace Study”
One of every five employees cares for elderly parents, a number that could increase to almost half of the workforce over the next several years. www.whenworkworks.com
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