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Expert: Flexible working can boost productivity

Expert: Flexible working can boost productivity

Introducing flexible working practices into their internal policies can help employers boost the productivity of their staff pool, an expert has said.

According to Stephen Overell, associate director of the Work Foundation, bosses can increase the amount their employees get done through improving their happiness by giving them the opportunity to work on a more flexible basis, the Chartered Management Institute - a body with around 86,000 members - reports.

"The smarter use of technology, [which] enables people to work in ways that suit them is definitely something that can help," he stated.

Maximising the productivity of any given workforce may be crucial for managers having to do more with less in the aftermath of the global economic downturn and this measure could potentially lead to a reduction in the number of grievance cases brought against firms by disgruntled workers.

Mr Overell added that flexible working allows people to operate "at different times of the day", which could allow them to strike a better work-life balance.

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Posted by Daniel Stevens