Microsoft and TfL launch Anywhere Working Week 2013

Next week will see the launch of a new flexible working campaign by the Anywhere Working Consortium, backed by the government.

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Next week will see the launch of a new flexible working campaign by the Anywhere Working Consortium, backed by the government.

Anywhere Working Week 2013 takes place on March 18-22 and will involve a multi-city campaign to encourage businesses to review the way people work and to promote the benefits of flexible work-styles.

The initiative is being led by the Consortium’s founding members, including Microsoft, the Department for Transport and Transport for London, and will include a programme of events designed to help organisations understand and explore the promised benefits of flexible working, including greater productivity and efficiency, reducing employee stress, and lowering carbon emissions.

A central element of Anywhere Working Week will be the creation of a number of flexible working hubs for people to use and visit. Working in conjunction with local authorities the Consortium will be setting up hubs in London, Devon, Bristol, Norfolk and Essex.

Visitors to each of the hubs will have the opportunity to network with fellow or aspiring flexible workers, while the sites will also play host to Anywhere Working workshops.

There will also be sessions with "thought leaders" on the future of work, as well as an opportunity to hear practical advice on how to work flexibly and get to grips with the latest technology and tools from the Department for Transport, Intel, Microsoft, Nokia, Regus, Transport for London and Vodafone.

Transport minister Norman Baker said: "The days of punch-the-clock, 9-5 working are gone. Today’s businesses are more dependent on information flows and less on the physical location of an office. 

"With the right technology, connectivity and third space workers are able stay productive anywhere they decide to work. Governments, policy makers and forward-looking organisations need to explore different ways for staff to be productive."

Earlier this week it was estimated UK companies could save a whopping £34 billion by adopting better flexible working policies and reducing the number of desk spaces they manage, according to YouGov research on behalf of Vodafone.

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