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Flexing its muscle
Flexible work showing strength around the world
September 3, 2013 3:10 by Muhammad Aldalou
It seems the future of modern business lies in flexible, remote working, with approximately half of the world’s workforce enjoying this approach, according to new research by global workplace provider Regus.
The ‘2013 Regus Global Economic Indicator’, canvassing more than 26,000 business managers across 90 countries, reveals that 48 per cent are now working remotely for at least half of their working week.
In the Middle East, more than one third of executives work flexibly for at least half of the week, with 75 per cent of Middle Eastern respondents (55 per cent globally) saying they believe effective management of remote workers is perfectly achievable.
Fifty per cent of respondents in the region also believe that junior employees, in particular, become more responsible through remote working. Both employers and employees argue that working from home is more productive, relaxing, timesaving and reduces costs overall.
“Flexible working is a winner for all concerned when the management team takes the lead. Business people we speak with tell us that trust and freedom play a key role in remote management and, once these are in place, the benefits are clear for all to see: greater productivity, improved staff retention and lower operating costs,” says Garry Gürtler, Regus vice president, Middle East.
However, there are still those that worry about both managing and motivating their staff from a distance, and therefore oppose remote working.
In July 2012, researchers at MIT’s Sloan Management Review found that people tended to positively judge those who were consistently in the office, regardless of whether they knew what the employee was actually doing.
In February this year, Marissa Mayer, chief executive of Yahoo!, sent out a memo banning staff from working at home, justifying her decision by saying: “We need to be one Yahoo! and that starts with physically being together.”
Do you allow your employees to work flexibly and remotely?