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The Rise of Truly Flexible Working

With the march of communication technology, and the increase in global collaboration spurring to people to work across time zones and national borders, the stage is set for some truly flexible working conditions in the latter part of this decade. So if the daily commute has been stressing you out, put away the Aleve, and pay attention.

While a lot of this innovation has been driven by the need for different divisions of multinational companies to operate closely and effectively, it’s proven the case that people don’t need to be in the same building to work productively, and provided the technology to allow them to do so.

Whether you’re interested in working from home or adopting more flexible hours, or a combination of the two, if you have an understanding manager the possibility exists to fit your work commitments around the rest of your life in a way that simply didn’t exist ten years ago. Some businesses are not keen on people diverging from the traditional 40 hour, nine to five in the office but it’s likely they will find it difficult to retain the best talent, as more and more people in the workforce come to value flexibility – in some cases above higher pay.

There’s also a rise in freelance and consultant posts, meeting the demands of the burgeoning start-up sector for an injection of skills and experience beyond their reach in the early days. If you’re looking for Interim Executives London is a focus of this emerging culture that rewards people with the skills and confidence to excel in high pressure situations with the potential to earn a lot. This means there are more opportunities for people to define their own working day, and less incentive for them to remain with companies who will not allow them the flexibility they want or need.

It’s important not to underestimate how many people want flexible working options, and how much. Whether it’s to balance a career against childcare or their unique medical needs, or simply to mitigate a difficult commute, there is a growing hunger for workers to have more say in how they arrange their working lives.  It also has quantifiable advantages for an employer: if you’re able to accommodate workers who can’t (or aren’t willing to) work in an office for eight hours a day, five days a week, you broaden your hiring pool and are able to find more talented specialists who have been cut off from traditional workplaces by disability, illness or location, which gives you an edge on your competitors!

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