More than half of HR Directors believe that giving their employees greater flexibility and autonomy over how they work will bring improved business results.
More than half (51 per cent) of respondents said that allowing employees to work however and wherever they wish would heighten creativity, and 45 per cent said it would make employees easier to manage.
In the past three years the number of UK organisations offering remote working has increased by more than a third.
Public sector employers are the greatest advocates of flexible working, with a 47 per cent increase in remote working.
Technology facilitating remote working
Phil Sheridan, managing director at Robert Half, highlighted that workers no longer need to be at their desks to remain productive and can work equally as effective remotely thanks to advances in technology which facilitate communication between managers and their employees.
He stresses that as UK businesses continue to face a skills shortage they need to consider how offering remote working environments can help to attract and retain top talent.
Before introducing flexible and remote working patterns it is essential to evaluate what processes you have in place to manage your workforce.
Employees will welcome the opportunity to better fit their work around their leisure time with open arms. But adopting remote working practices is meaningless unless you can manage your workforce effectively deliver the safe, secure, flexible working environment
Head to the cloud
Transforming enthusiasm for remote working into business productivity requires a new approach to workforce management – one that is hosted in the cloud.
The latest cloud workforce management applications automate key business functions that underpin productivity whilst engaging and supporting the workforce.
The latest systems support workers by enabling them to verify their attendance from any location using a web-enabled device, such as PC, laptop, tablet and smartphone. Once logged into the cloud, employees can allocate their time against specific jobs, check their work schedules and make holiday requests for approval.
With 24/7 access to data stored in the cloud, managers can see and respond to workforce issues from the convenience of their mobile devices.
This enables them to measure staff productivity and execute tasks in the same way as if they were in the office.