61 Percent of Employees Would Prefer Flexible Working Hours: New Study


Having the technological infrastructure to allow your employees to work from outside the office is becoming an increasingly valuable part of maintaining a happy and productive workforce.

That is the message from a new study conducted by Dell and Intel, released July 25, into future business trends entitled The Evolving Workforce.

After a survey of 8,360 workers from around the world, the study found that 61 per cent of respondents would prefer flexible working hours to a standard nine to five schedule.

It also found that six out of every ten respondents said that they wanted to be measured by the quality of the work they deliver rather than time spent in the office.

Businesses that wish to cater for the needs of their employees and create a more flexible working environment would be wise to consider the value of online dynamic forms.

Because these smart forms can adapt based on previously inputted data in order to delete irrelevant questions, they are therefore able to reduce the amount of unnecessary information requests.

That means employees can access relevant information from their portable tablets or smartphones faster and with greater ease, allowing them to complete essential tasks from a variety of locations outside of the office.

"With today’s increasingly tech-savvy workforce and outcome-driven employees, companies have everything to gain from fully embracing the IT consumerization and mobility trend that is redefining the workplace," said Dell chief information officer Adriana Karaboutis in a press release concerning the study, released July 25.

"Companies are realizing that by enabling employees to work from a location of their choice using their preferred technology, they are taking one of the single most important steps in motivating business productivity."

The study also provided an interesting insight into the stresses facing modern workers, with 43 per cent of employees saying that they felt under pressure to work longer hours.

When staff feel overworked or undervalued, their output can often suffer as well. That is why it is to the advantage of many employers to make sure that employees feel that their time is appreciated and that they are being asked to work in a productive manner.

One of the most time-consuming tasks in any office is content generation, in which employees have to spend long hours researching, producing and editing documentation.

Document automation solutions are an excellent way of reducing the amount of time spent in this field, by allowing staff to produce a variety of individualized content using an efficient and accurate template system.

That means employees can cut down on the amount of time unnecessarily spent producing documentation and instead redirect their attention to essential tasks.