Flexible working has been around for quite some time, but it’s only the past decade that it gained popularity. Regus, a global flexible workspace provider, did research on various aspects of remote and flexible work for the last ten years.
One of the most important enablers in this ongoing change is of course technology. People are able to work outside one of their main office locations, or outside of an office at all thanks to technology. Also people’s attitudes and mind-sets have created the demand to work flexibly and promote agility.
In this latest research, over half (54%) of global respondents report that they work outside the main office 2.5 days a week or more. They choose to work from a professional location close to home, cutting down their commute times and finding more time to spend on leisure and with their families. Add to this the fact that 56% report remote working also helps them concentrate, and that it improves productivity by providing a change of scenery (53%), it results automatically in a better work:life balance.
Next to that, a shift in workforce composition is happening: over the past two years they are seeing more consultants (30%), freelance workers (29%) and part-timers (22%) entering the working scene. These new types of employees are expecting an increase in the demand for flexible workspace (66%), that will keep on increasing through to 2020 and beyond.
Yet again, this is a crucial indicator for companies to start managing their space efficiently as it would result in fixed desks and meeting rooms to being under-occupied. Businesses of all sizes will benefit by reducing fixed office costs and avoiding fixed leasing arrangements and opting for more flexible solutions supported by technology. Employers need to make sure their office real-estate is future-proof for all these changes so they are able to embrace agile work trends and manage growth efficiently.