Flexible working gains in PH

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MORE and more businesses worldwide are embracing flexible working as a mechanism for retaining and attracting top staff and the Philippines is fast catching up with the trend, according to new research done by global workplace provider Regus.

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Research revealed that for most firms, the focus has shifted to measuring output rather than time spent in the office.

The study also found that remote working is becoming more customary.

Regus canvassed the opinions of over 44,000 people from more than 100 different countries and the survey results showed that 61 percent of firms report that businesses in their sector also use flexible working as a mechanism for retaining and attracting top staff.

With more and more businesses embracing flexible working, implementing successful remote management processes is essential to ensuring that top workers are recognized and developed.

Out those surveyed, 63 percent manage a remote worker or team yet only 43 percent of firms have put in place special training.

Excelling in remote management plays an integral part in nurturing employee relations, motivation and loyalty, Regus found in its research.

Additional key global findings are: over half of respondents (54 percent) confirm that companies like theirs are looking to increase the number of remote workers; 67 percent confirm that senior management trusts that flexible working can be productive; 46 percent are managed by a remote manager at least some of the time; and 76 percent declare that senior management can actually benefit by becoming more productive if they can work flexibly.

In the Philippines, a job satisfaction report done in July revealed that 44 percent of Filipino workers cited poor work flexibility as a common reason for leaving the company.

Regus said flexible working is also gaining momentum in the Philippines, with 36 percent of executives in the country engaging in flexible working for at least half the week.

“The huge cultural shift in the workplace towards flexible working continues to grow. This latest research shows that the business people are embracing this change. With improved productivity, better staff retention and lower operating costs at stake, implementing successful remote management processes can clearly bring businesses huge benefits,” Lars Wittig, country manager for Regus Philippines, said in a statement.

“Given the significant surge in flexible working, it is positive news that firms are also adapting their measurement of employees to fit and are shifting the focus from an office face-time mentality to one of measuring real outputs regardless of location,” he said.

“One important caveat remains, however. While globally workers managing a remote workforce or being managed remotely are increasing, too few firms are investing in specific training which could improve the transition from fixed office workforce to mobile workforce making it even smoother and more productive,” Wittig added.

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