Avoid paid imprisonment – flexible working trends are hitting an office near you

Flexible working trends are becoming standard practice in every kind of industry. The smart companies who adopt new approaches to where, when and how their employees get the job done are proving to be beneficial for both them and their employees.

Here’s how flexible working trends hitting an office near you are making work, work better:

Where you work

For some, trekking across town on any mode of transport to spend the day in an office feels like little more than a form of paid imprisonment, but a combination of new technologies and new attitudes to working is giving people the opportunity to work in different places.

Advancing technologies such as better WiFi, mobile devices and cloud storage make it easy for employees to access information, communicate and complete tasks efficiently from anywhere at any time, making it possible for people to work from home, offsite at a hot desk or even during their commute.

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However, despite growing freedom from the structured location of a workplace, offices are likely to remain the hub of operations and for those employees who still need to work in them, access to purposeful dynamic spaces can alter the office environment and the way employees feel about spending time in it.

Cleverly designed work areas like those incorporated into the offices of Just Giving by Peldon Rose, include break-out rooms, creative hubs, social areas and even isolation pods that are all equipped with power outlets and WiFi.

Their imaginative approach to structuring the office environment gives employees the flexibility to move around and work on or offsite in whichever environment best suits their workloads and their lifestyles. Pretty soon, by creating such a vibrant and diverse workplace, it becomes a destination people look forward to working from.

Continue reading on the next page to understand the freedom offered by the likes of Netflix and Virgin, and how to become more agile.

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