Baker Stuart’s Insight: Remote working is on the up. Whilst this isn’t news in itself, the sectors leading the trend might not be quite what you expect. IT and Marketing are at the top of the leaderboard with 29% and 24% of employees working remotely – but the rest of the leaderboard, including business administration, app development, education and arts, all have an adoption rate of less than a 5%.
More business owners are swapping rigid 9-5 schedules and traditional office environments in favour of flexible space and remote work as an option for saving costs, retaining employees and encouraging a healthy work-life balance. With this in mind, Instant Offices has investigated what industries are leading the way for remote working and how to overcome the typical challenges of managing a remote team.
A 2016 study conducted by Vodafone involving 8,000 global employees and employers found that three-quarters of companies worldwide have already switched to flexible working options. 61 percent believe that it had increased the company’s profits and 83 percent reported a boost in productivity. Additionally, numerous studies suggest that workers would choose flexible working over a pay rise, indicating that more people are interested in a better work-life balance and a schedule that fits their agenda. Furthermore, according to Remoters.net, 7.25 percent of the remote companies listed on […]