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Flexible working shown to enhance creativity and decision making

Australia, 15 November 2013 – Seven out of ten Australian professionals believe flexible working is fostering creativity (71%) plus it is improving decision making (64%), finds new research from the world’s largest flexible workplace provider, Regus.

 

The survey canvassed the opinions of more than 20,000 senior executives and business owners across 95 countries and delved deeper into the subject of flexible working. The findings show that business people believe flexi-work not only helps improve employee productivity (75%) – by reducing unused office space and slashing commutes – but it also helps workers become more efficient as it encourages a greater sense of responsibility (77%).

 

I believe that flexible working…

Australia

Develops a greater sense of responsibility and time management

77%

Makes employees more productive

75%

Fosters creative thinking

71%

Fosters useful business connections

68%

Helps faster decision making

64%

Improves the quality of decision making

64%

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Source: Regus

 

Commenting on the research, Director of Regus Asia-Pacific, John Henderson, said: “Experts highlight a number of practices that are proven to impact productivity more than others – initiatives such as cloud computing, knowledge management, better communication and training[1]. But this research for this first time shows that flexible working should take pride of place, with its added benefits of improved creativity and decision making plus it enables more networking opportunities.

Research commissioned by Microsoft in the United Kingdom for the 2013 Anywhere Working Week[2] found that 70% of office workers in UK feel more productive working away from the office and 38% say they are more creative out of the office. Nine out of ten said flexible working doesn't impact their ability to collaborate with colleagues.

“New ways of working are not just unlocking productivity for Australian workers, they are also boosting creativity. The popularity of flexi-work in Australia and across the globe is only going to increase as more and more companies uncover the benefits. Giving people freedom to work across locations and times not only significantly reduces unused office space but it is more cost effective and it improves employee productivity, efficiency and happiness – it’s a win-win solution.

“In order to maximise efficiency, businesses need to ensure their staff are well equipped to work on the move – so putting in place the right technology and support,” he said.

 

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1] The Guardian, How cloud-based products improve business productivity, 2013; Time, How Data Analysis Boosts Productivity, 9th September 2013; Forbes, 7 Management Practices That Can Improve Employee Productivity, 17th May 2013; The vital 6 percent, NESTA, 2009; Training Mag, Training for Productivity, 15th August 2012

[2] http://www.slideshare.net/AnywhereWorking/anywhere-working

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About:

Regus is the global workplace provider.

 

Its network of more than 1,700 business centres in 100 countries provides convenient, high-quality, fully serviced spaces for people to work, whether for a few minutes or a few years. Companies like Google, Toshiba and GlaxoSmithKline choose Regus so that they can work flexibly and make their businesses more successful.

 

The key to flexible working is convenience and so Regus is opening wherever its 1.5million members want support - city centres, suburban districts, shopping centres and retail outlets, railway stations,

motorway service stations and even community centres.

 

Founded in Brussels, Belgium, in 1989, Regus is based in Luxembourg and listed on the London Stock Exchange. In Australia, Regus has a network of over 40 locations in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Gold Coast and Wollongong. 

 

For more information, please visit: www.regus.com