Feeds

SMEs urged to adopt flexible working

Go on

The Power of One Infographic

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." ®

Mobile application security vulnerability report

More from The Register

next story
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE
4,000 pixels is niche now... Don't say we didn't warn you
Sonos AXES support for Apple's iOS4 and 5
Want to use your iThing? You can't - it's too old
Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate reality' story to be made into TV series
Amazon Studios, Ridley Scott firm to produce The Man in the High Castle
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary
And we shall go about telling people you smell. No, not really
Too many IT conferences to cover? MICROSOFT to the RESCUE!
Yet more word of cuts emerges from Redmond
Joe Average isn't worth $10 a year to Mark Zuckerberg
The Social Network deflates the PC resurgence with mobile-only usage prediction
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable
Learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.