Study finds that almost a third of business owners don’t think they are responsible for equipping employees with the tools and processes for it
Research from Samsung has found that 28 per cent of UK businesses don’t trust their employees to work flexibly, even though 52 per cent believe it could boost their productivity.
The study of 2,000 office workers and 2,000 business owners revealed 31 per cent of the latter don’t think they are responsible for equipping their employees with the tools and processes necessary for flexible working.
This is despite new legislation that came into force earlier this year giving every employee the right to request flexible working.
In addition, 27 per cent of workers admitted they would opt for flexible working over a pay rise. More than a third (35 per cent) businesses cited unclear staff policies for flexible working as a major barrier to offering it, while 30 per cent said a lack of investment in mobile technology prevented them from offering it as an option to staff.
Samsung UK vice president of the enterprise business team Graham Long (pictured) said: “Flexible working has come a long way in the last few years, but ingrained cultural attitudes for ‘being seen in the office’ or worries over productivity are commonplace, as this study reveals.
“There is clearly a huge appetite for flexible working, and during winter, it makes business sense for employees to be not only equipped with the tools to work wherever they may be, but also feel that their employers trust them to do so.
“With the winter weather now upon us, it’s essential that UK businesses overcome the ‘trust gap’ to allow enterprises and employees to reap the benefits of a well-regulated flexible working model.”