Feeds

SMEs urged to adopt flexible working

Go on

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

BT is backing a scheme to get more UK firms to adopt "smarter" working practices. Work Wise UK is due to kick off next month as part of a three year programme to get more people to work remotely or from home.

Set up by not-for-profit outfit the IT Forum Foundation, Work Wise UK is particularly targeting SMEs. SMEs are the biggest collective employers in the country, yet are also least likely to allow staff to work flexibly. Those behind Work Wise UK are looking to change that to help boost productivity while safeguarding "a healthy work-life balance".

According to the latest government stats, there are around 3.1m "home workers" in the UK (people who work mainly in their own home, or in different places using home as a base) out of a total working population of 29m.

Work Wise UK believes this can be extended to half of the workforce within five years.

Of course, technology, such as the increased availability of affordable broadband and advances in mobile technology, is a vital part of flexible working, but it isn't everything. Experts say it's more about changing culture, "changing the way people work and giving them the skills to work smarter".

BT people and policy director Caroline Waters said: "Where, when and how we work is changing and today's businesses are more efficient and more flexible as a result of the networked world in which we operate.

"However, while the benefits of adopting flexible working practices are clear in terms of increased productivity and employee satisfaction, the challenge for management is to ensure that it is equipped to cope with a digitally enabled workforce." ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012
Thanks for the £3k, Zuck. Doh! you're IN CREDIT. Guess not
DOUBLE BONK: Testy fanbois catch Apple Pay picking pockets
Users wail as tapcash transactions are duplicated
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
Google Glassholes are UNDATEABLE – HP exec
You need an emotional connection, says touchy-feely MD... We can do that
YARR! Pirates walk the plank: DMCA magnets sink in Google results
Spaffing copyrighted stuff over the web? No search ranking for you
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
New hybrid storage solutions
Tackling data challenges through emerging hybrid storage solutions that enable optimum database performance whilst managing costs and increasingly large data stores.