Employers are set to adopt more mobile technology solutions as greater numbers of staff request flexible working, as a new law comes into force today.
Any worker who has been with a company for six months can now request flexible working patterns from their employer, who must give a valid reason for refusing such requests.
Cloud connectivity company LogMeIn polled 1,000 UK employees and 500 bosses of small companies about the changes. Unsurprisingly, it found there was a drive towards more flexible working in the run up to the legislation, significanly though, the research highlighted a disparity between what staff and the bosses expected to happen.
It found that 56 percent of staff were thinking about making a request for flexible working, but less than a third (27 percent) of bosses expected staff to make such requests.
Just 24 percent of companies plan to offer flexible working benefits to their staff, and 40 percent don’t plan to offer any.
However, the research did find that 11 percent of employers planned to introduce mobile working technology for the first time, and that over two-thirds (67 percent) already offered mobile or remote working technology to some workers to enable them to work while on the go or from home. The research also found that 25 percent now plan to offer this technology to more workers in their organisation.
Stephen Duignan, vice president for international marketing at LogMeIn, said, “The research suggests that more than half of workers would like to ...(take) advantage of flexible working, which means employers must consider the technology needed in order to offer staff the ability to do so."