Flexible working is the future
Everyone at Cloudbooking has the opportunity to embrace flexible working. This means we are more productive (as we don’t have to waste hours commuting), we communicate better (because we need to), and, the most fun bit. We don’t even need to get dressed in the morning (although, of course we do)!
Who doesn’t want a life like that? Well, new research by TV and mobile provider TalkTalk, shows that flexible working is the future. The company has teamed up with productivity expert and author of Time Management for Dummies, Clare Evans to help people who work from home make the most of their freedom from the office. She believes the different way of working can benefit both employer and employee if managed properly.
Clare says: “Although it may seem that some home workers cut corners, the beauty of flexible working is that it allows us to fit work around the things in your life that matter. Everyone works in different ways and if you’re more productive doing your spreadsheets between the bed sheets, that’s fine.”
Here at Cloudbooking, we couldn’t agree more. TalkTalk itself is big on giving employees the choice of how they work. It has embraced what it calls ‘next generation ways of working’. It says that it wants to give employees a real say about how, when and where they work – and all the tools they need to do it. So they could choose to work from any of the company’s sites across the UK, their own home, or anywhere in between. We see day in, day out, how our bookers are getting the most out of their day, saving money, and being more efficient with their time and space. Our colleagues benefit from flexible working, as they can work their job around their lifestyle.
Duncan Gooding, Interim MD at TalkTalk Business, says: “Whilst working routines are going to evolve further, bringing the end of Monday to Friday, this does not need to come at the expense of business growth. There has never been a better opportunity to meet employee needs for greater flexibility, through leveraging technology. By understanding what is happening and helping drive the evolution of the workplace, businesses can supercharge their productivity and do more for less, faster than ever before.”
“Technology continues to increase worker productivity, helping standards of living improve as working hours have gone down. Still, as TalkTalk Business’ survey reveals, this is not a trend that today’s employees are seeing, as we are entering the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Both employers and employees need to realise that the technology is there to make their working lives easier and more enjoyable. Advances in machine learning and AI enable employees to get more done in less time, helping them achieve that elusive work-life balance they hear so much about,” adds Graeme Codrington, Futurist to TalkTalk Business.
But, what other benefits are there to flexible working from home?
According to the 2000 plus people surveyed by TalkTalk, here are the top 10 reasons to change your working structure!
Thursday is the new Friday – weekends start early!
Friday is the most popular day of the week to work from home according to the survey. 33 per cent of respondents saying that their weekend starts off on Thursday, safe in the knowledge that they don’t have to be back in the office until Monday. Mondays are the second most popular (24 per cent), again extending the weekend.
Meetings in your PJs!
When you work from home, no one can see what you’re wearing. Therefore, you may have a smart shirt on during that work video conference call, however, no one can see that you’re actually wearing PJ bottoms on your bottom half!
According to the survey, those working from home tend to get dressed at 9:11am, however 11 per cent admit to not getting dressed until the afternoon. A further 1 in 10 admit to staying in their underwear (or dressing gown) for most of the day.
Start later, finish early!
While you’ve spent the morning fighting your way through the commute to reach your desk for 9am, those work-from-homers have had it easy. On average, they tend to start work at 9:28am, according to TalkTalk.
They clock up less hours
Morning isn’t the only time where they shave time off their tally. When working from home, people only spend six hours 14 minutes doing actual work.
Retail, catering and leisure professionals admit to working less, clocking up five hours 14 minutes doing actual work when working from home, while HR staff work for longest, putting in seven hours of actual work when working at home.
Catch up on the soaps
When working from home, people only spend six hours 14 minutes doing actual work. Therefore, there’s more time to catch up on your soaps!
They avoid the busy office
People pick and choose when to be off to relax more
It’s often hard to get your head down and work on a tough job when everyone around you is mucking about, your boss is door stopping you at your desk and the phones are ringing off the hook. But for those working from home, it’s not a problem. Almost a quarter time their day from home to coincide when it’s busiest at work.
Office, what office?
Working from home often means working from bed, according to TalkTalk.
For 21% of those who work from home, their bed is their ‘desk’. Especially for those working in arts and culture, with 28 confessing to working from their bed.
Forget lunchtime, what about nap time?
Sleeping at your desk will at worst get you fired and at the very least, see you humiliated on social media. No such fears for those who work from home, though. Over 1 in ten (14 percent), have taken a nap, with 5 per cent timing emails to send so it looked like they were working, according to the survey.
Sale shopping is working, right?
Have you ever been caught online shopping instead of working? Well those who work from home don’t have to fear this. An industrious 27 per cent have shopped on the internet instead of doing work, while 54 per cent have received a delivery and 34 per cent have carried out housework.
When that video is too good not to share!
Admit it – we all love a cute animal Giph – who doesn’t? In fact, here at Cloudbooking we’re often sharing funny videos and clips to keep each other entertained. But we’re not the only ones! One in 10 people admit to spending their days at home searching YouTube for clips of cute cats and dogs, according to TalkTalk.