43% plan to work remotely to improve morale

More than two-fifths (43%) of respondents intend to work remotely in the coming year in order to improve morale, according to research by global workspace organisation Regus.

Its survey of 1,784 UK employees also found that 51% of respondents believe that flexible working would help to boost their concentration.

The research also found:

  • 54% of respondents think that working from a professional location nearer to their home could help to improve their work-life balance.
  • 37% of respondents believe that flexible working would help them be closer to their families.
  • 44% of respondents think flexible working would increase productivity because of the change of scenery, and 58% of respondents feel that flexible working would improve their current travel schedule.

Richard Morris (pictured), UK chief executive officer at Regus, said: “There is no lack of awareness around mental wellbeing and about how employers can improve working structures for employees. However, this awareness needs to now translate into tangible action and strategy.

“Studies prove that the commute remains a major cause of stress and unhappiness yet still employees are asked to battle for the same train at the same time simply to be present at a designated location. This is an archaic and outdated model.  By embracing flexibility and enabling employees to work closer to home, employers will be rewarded with a workforce that is better equipped to provide its best work.”