Over 82% of workers feel more productive when working from home and over 60% of employers say that flexible working is the key to staying competitive, according to a survey by free conference calling provider Powwownow.
The survey of 1,000 worker and 1,000 employers, using OnePoll, found 44% of workers said that being able to get work done with no distractions was the biggest appeal of flexible working. However, less traffic was a close second, with over 40% citing that reason.
Over 50% of workers in the UK said that they would work the same hours (9-5) if they were able to work from home. However, they said that they would take fewer breaks when working flexibly.
The survey also found over 77% of employers said flexible working leads to a better work life balance and more motivated staff, with knock-on effects on productivity.
They also said women tend to ask for flexible working more than men. However, female bosses seemed to be less trusting when an employee asks for flexible working. The survey found the IT sector is the most popular industry to work flexibly, with over 68% saying that they do so.
In terms of childcare, over 60% of employers say that they are more likely to allow flexible working to help employees with childcare commitments. Some 19.1% of employees say that the appeal of flexible working would be because it lessens the costs associated with childcare, with over 22% of women and over 15% of men saying this.
Some 30% of women and over 26% of men say that the biggest appeal of flexible working would be being able to spend more time with their children.