‘Remote’ working gaining ground worldwide

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About 70 percent of workers in the Philippines and about 55 percent of the world’s work force believe that effective management of remote workers was perfectly achievable, and a significant portion of businesses are stepping up to managing their remote staff, according to survey.

About half of world’s workforce is now productively enjoying flexible arrangements like working from home, according to research by Regus.

In a statement, Regus Chief Executive Officer Mark Dixon said that, “Flexible working is a winner for all concerned when the management team takes the lead. The business people we speak with tell us that trust and freedom play a key role in remote management and, once these are in place, the benefits are clear for all to see: greater productivity, improved staff retention and lower operating costs.”

A new research by global workplace provider Regus showed that half the world’s workforce are now productively enjoying flexible working at home.


The 2013 Regus Global Economic Indicator revealed that professionals who are chained to the office desk will soon be the minority.

By surveying over 26,000 business managers across 90 countries, Regus found that 48 percent now work remotely for at least half their working week. In the Philippines, just over a third of executives work flexibly for at least half the week, or 36 percent.

Regus’ survey showed that 70 percent of companies in the Philippines or higher than the 37-percent global figure use specific efficiency-monitoring reporting systems, while 61 percent of remote managers use video calls to communicate with their teams or about 43 percent globally.

US health insurer Aetna, a thought leader in the field, said that adding training courses to the mix can be considered so remote workers and their managers can be brought up to speed on effective flexible working methods

Of Aetna’s 35,000 employees, 14,500 do not have a desk.

The flexible work experience can have a particular value for younger workers. Fifty-five percent of respondents in the Philippines believe that junior employees become more responsible through remote working.

Furthermore, there is a per-ception that flexible working is shaping a new kind of interaction between line managers and their team members. About 56 percent of respondents think that remote management helps maintain a more professional relationship.

Also in a statement, John Henderson, Regus regional director for Asia and the Pacific, said that, “Working from home is convenient and family-friendly. But even with a near-perfect home working set-up, I still want other locations to work from.”

“The impact of portable technology and widespread connectivity hasn’t been home working, it has been flexibility. Multi-location working is becoming the norm,” he added.

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