Nine out of ten Scottish business offering flexible working would recommend it
A recent survey revealed that nearly nine out of ten businesses say offering flexible working has had positive results.
Benefits reported in the survey included increased productivity among workers (37%) and better staff retention (40%). 30% reported that fewer staff were off sick, and 40% reported better employee mental health and wellbeing.
A different study, run by YouGov for the charity Family Friendly Working Scotland, found that 53% of the workers surveyed have flexible working.
Nikki Slowey, co-director at Family Friendly Working Scotland, which is part of the UK work-life balance charity Working Families, said: "Flexible working is good for business. The fact we’re hearing this from business leaders themselves proves flexibility is not a favour to employees in special circumstances, it genuinely makes good business sense.
"There’s still a huge unmet demand for flexible working and the desire for flexibility is universal across gender, age, and whether or not someone is a parent.
"We hope employers and workers are encouraged by these figures and use National Work Life Week to explore how they can incorporate more flexibility to improve work-life balance and boost the business."
Scottish business minister Jamie Hepburn said: "The Scottish Government is working with employers to encourage flexible, agile and inclusive workplaces that benefit all employees."
Organisations are legally required to consider requests for flexible working from employees who have been employed for at least 26 weeks.
There are many ways to manage staff who don’t work in the same building or area, or to the same timescale.
Studies have shown that many Scottish bosses aren’t taking advantage of the flexible working phenomenon – which can improve morale and productivity immensely – because they are too concerned about workers slacking off.
Here at Time and Attendance Scotland, we can help get rid of that paranoia. Our Self Service Module (SSM) is an addition to our overall software package, and it is ideal for remote workers and those with flexible working hours. It is a browser or mobile phone-based app that workers can use to clock in and clock out, and request or cancel holiday.
If it is used on a mobile phone, then the GPS location is sent to the central time and attendance system as well. This allows supervisors and managers to check that the employee is in the expected location. If the employees go into an area of bad signal, the mobile app can cache the information onto the phone and transfer it as soon as connectivity is restored.
A record of their clock-ins and outs can be exported or printed if the company would like a copy in those formats, but the supervisor has full access to all the employees’ data on the app anyway, and can run reports if they need to.