More staff gain right to flexible work as thousands swap office for the pub
British workers given right to request flexible working hours as survey shows employees spending hours a week working from the pub, taxis and coffee shops
Millions of workers will have the right to request flexible working from today, as research shows that thousands of British people are already working from pubs, on buses and in taxis.
Source: Telegraph, 30th June 2014
The traditional office is well and truly dead – just take it from this intrepid blogger and occasional freelancer, anywhere with a electricity socket is an office these days.
Still, as much as the mobile worker sounds glamorous, it far more often means posting from a sofa than a Starbucks – so just how accurate is this latest research, which suggests we’re all taking advantage of public wifi to carry out our ninetofives?
The study by O2 Business shows an increasing trend for people to work from a coffee shop, with two fifths of UK workers spending more than four hours a week working there.
It’s not hard to see why a mobile broadband provider like O2 might be talking up the remarkable benefits of working on the move. Yet, they’re always first with the automated text the moment my data allowance runs out…
“Today’s technology-laden office is more efficient than ever!” says technology company
Office workers ‘twice as productive’ as in the 1970s, claims study
Developments in technology mean the average office worker is now almost twice as productive as their counterparts in the 1970s, a new study claims.
It is remembered as the era of the three day week, strikes and electricity shortages.
So it is perhaps not surprising that a study claims that the average worker is now almost twice productive than during the 1970s.
Source: Telegraph, 22nd October 2013
Our offices are better and more productive than ever, and we know exactly who to thank for that:
The research cites the development of technologies such as the mobile phone, email and business software for the change.
It calculates office worker productivity per hour is now 84 per cent more than it was forty years ago.
In terms of technology, it claims that its influence on worker productivity is now five times higher (480 per cent) than it was in the 1970s.
Clearly, it’s positive news all round, with this impartial study finding that the use of mobile phones and email has such a positive impact in our working lives. Or, it’s just another piece of PR:
The study was carried out by O2 Business and the Centre for Economics and Business Research.
So – O2, the mobile phone company, found that the use of mobile phones and related technology is a Good Thing. Got it.