11 April 2011
Managers 'should embrace flexible working'
Managers should not avoid implementing flexible working policies on the basis that they will allow employees to do less work, a specialist has said.
According to Shirley Borrett, development director at the Telework Association, allowing staff to operate from home will not compromise on the quality of work they produce as long as bosses use a system to measure productivity levels.
Ms Borrett explained that there is still a common misconception among senior figures within many companies that their staff will not do as much work when they are left to their own devices and unsupervised.
"My answer to that is, how do you know they're working when they're here?" she noted.
However, the expert went on to say that managers who are eager to measure people by what they achieve in a certain timeframe will not encounter "a lot of problems managing people remotely".
This follows on from figures published by the Office for National Statistics, showing that output per worker increased by 0.8 per cent year-on-year in the fourth quarter of 2010.
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Posted by Richard Saunders