Flexible Working Arrangements and Productivity
Recently there has been a lot of research into how flexible working arrangements can help to boost productivity among employees.
Take the sudden interest into the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to work trend, for example. Many people are now choosing to work from personal mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets, claiming that this helps them to perform to a higher standard.
Another example is the increase in the number of people choosing to work from home or choose their own hours.
Even the federal government is looking to make reforms to employment laws which give employees more rights when asking for flexible work arrangements to be implemented.
Yet although this topic has been in the media recently, there are still uncertainties about the links between flexible working and productivity.
Some employers are concerned that arrangements such as working from home may pose a threat to overall company morale.
Just recently Yahoo!'s chief executive Marissa Meyer made headlines for sending a memo to employees requesting that those who work from home start coming into the office from June.
According to media reports, Meyer believes that attending the office increases productivity because it encourages more collaboration and teamwork.
On the other hand, other employers are attracted by the cost-savings offered by reducing office sizes and allowing people to work from their own devices.
At the moment it seems that it comes down to individual employers and employees to work out the best arrangement between themselves.
But as more studies emerge and governmental policies change, could the 9-5 traditional working day become a thing of the past?