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What is flexible working?

Flexible working is a way of arranging the number of hours you work – and where you work them – to suit your lifestyle rather than keeping them fixed.

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At Regus, it’s our whole reason for being – we exist to help people work more flexibly, by providing flexible workspace at competitive rates. That way, people can work remotely from their company’s central location, or their company can create its ‘own’ office within a Regus workspace without the level of risk or cost that would traditionally accompany such growth.

Initially, flexible working was considered as something that would appeal to one group of people: mothers with children who wanted to return to work.

Now it is increasingly being seen as a policy that that can bring benefits to almost any employee or employer, and is growing more and more popular all over the world – including in rapidly expanding markets like the People’s Republic of China and India.

Why does it work?

Why does flexible working work? Regus recently commissioned a major international piece of independent research into the question.

Three quarters of senior managers and business owners interviewed believe that it improves employee retention, while 71% of those who responded felt it made employees feel more loyal to their employees.

Among workers, 73% think flexible working reduces stress. But it’s also financially beneficial. Flexible working can reduce ‘empty desk syndrome’, saving companies money on property that isn’t fully utilised and freeing up money that can then be made to work harder to get employers closer to customers. It really does seem to be a win/win.

How can you implement it?

There are many different types of flexible working, from job sharing and part-time work to compressed hours, remote working and flex(i) time.

If you are an employer, you first need to work out which options are right for particular roles within your organisation and then consult your workforce about putting flexible working to work for you.

If you’re an employee, you should consider how you could perform your role better through flexible working and then consult your manager. (In some countries, employment law makes it compulsory to offer workers the right to request flexible working, so you may already have been thinking about it.) But however you decide to implement flexible working, you’re going to feel the benefits very soon.

If you want to implement flexible working in your business, Regus can help you find the right workspace at the right level of risk. We’ll even give you two months rent free to help you get started*.

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