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Peter Thomson blogs regularly about the changing world of work and how WiseWork is helping organisations to benefit from new working practices. This site also hosts blog contributions from Wisework Partners and other guest bloggers..

Flexible working, flat-lined or the new normal?

A recent report from the CIPD shows that the number of employees using formal flexible working arrangements – such as part-time working, term-time working, compressed hours and job-sharing – has flat-lined since 2010. This is despite the right to request flexible working being extended to all employees in 2014. Why is this? The government is taking this seriously enough to set up a Flexible Working Task Force to look at the issue and run a campaign to try and increase…

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Are home workers over working?

A recent survey from health insurance company BHSF adds to the concerns about people’s ability to turn off when working at home. 92 percent of the 897 survey respondents said they reply to emails outside of their normal working hours. Of these, 44 percent respond to emails out of hours every day, and 82 percent responded to out of hours emails at least once a week. But it can’t automatically be assumed that this is a bad thing. The act…

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Flexible workers are happier and more effective

Yet another survey has shown that flexible workers are more effective than those working normal office hours. Research commissioned by the AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) looked at the productivity of a group of workers who set their own hours or working location against a group of those who are not doing so. Flexible workers said they felt they worked effectively for more of a typical working day than those working a traditional ‘nine-to-five’. A quarter said they work longer…

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Prejudice against flexible working still widespread

According to research by Dr Heejung Chung from the University of Kent, a third of all UK workers believe those who work flexibly create more work for others. A similar proportion believe their career will suffer if they use flexible working arrangements.  The research also found that the majority of respondents that held negative views against flexible workers were male, while women and especially mothers were the ones who were most likely to suffer from such stereotypes. Based on data…

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Has flexible working stalled?

New research from Manchester University has revealed that there has been no significant overall increase in the number of employees working flexibly since the legislation came into effect in 2014. They analysed data from almost 25,000 employees and looked at those working flexible start and finish times, fewer hours, or from home. In 2010, 44.1 percent of all employees worked flexibly, and by 2015 the figure was 44.3 percent. Despite the legislation being extended to cover all employees in 2014…

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How do you measure ‘Good Work’?

The RSA and the Carnegie UK Trust have teamed up to produce a report on measuring the quality of work. It follows on from the Taylor Review that recommended that the government should find a way to monitor work quality.  ‘Measuring Good Work’ sets out a roadmap for how that ambition can be achieved. It identifies a series of new questions – from work-life balance to mental health, and from opportunities for progression to feelings of purpose, involvement and control…

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Robots versus humans: the battle for leading the future of work

“Strengthening your leadership skills will help you navigate the new digital landscape”, says Wisework Partner and collaborative leadership expert Jeremy Lewis The digital revolution will not be televised Whether you are digitising post-sales customer support, introducing robotic process automation (RPA) into your back-office, or enabling customers to self-serve through online portals or apps on their phones, it is likely you are feeling some anxiety and stress from the ever-increasing exposure to digital technology on your business. Today’s leaders are expected…

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What do we mean by ‘New ways of working’?

This blog is contributed by Shirley Wakelin, Wisework Partner. It is based on a discussion amongst the Partners. The past decade has seen increasing noise around new ways of working. Concepts such as agile, flexible, activity based working, employee engagement, company culture etc are ever more commonplace. It’s a big topic. As a group of consultants sharing an interest in supporting organizations through transformational change, the Wisework partners network reflected on what we mean by ‘New Ways of Working’, and…

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Collaboration – Benefits of knowledge sharing

Having looked earlier at the overall benefits to business that can be achieved through collaborative working, let us now consider one particular area where collaboration can deliver real improvements in performance and productivity, namely knowledge sharing. Using a variety of online platforms and technologies, tailored so as to be appropriate to the business and the individual workers involved, the sharing of knowledge, data and work tasks is a very effective way of working. Among the benefits to the business itself…

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Business benefits of collaborative working

Today many more businesses are embracing a collaborative workstyle with a small core of full-time professionals managing the business; more functions being outsourced to a contracted workforce of freelance, self-employed specialists who are engaged on an as-needs basis; and a flexible contingent workforce including part-time staff, interim managers and agency temps. This model was outlined in 1989 by Charles Handy in his book “The Age of Unreason” where he described “The Shamrock Organisation” with three leaves depicting each of these…

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