Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

North West Employers Urgently Need to Consider Agile Working, Research Reveals

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

North West Employers Urgently Need to Consider Agile Working, Research Reveals

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IT REALLY comes as no surprise that skilled staff lead to productivity gains. But how do you attract this kind of employee and boost your gains? New research suggests that those describing themselves as an 'agile business' are more likely to reap the rewards.

The experts at BPS World, as well as futurologists and management professionals, believe that working nine-to-five in an office for one employer is dying out in some sectors and for some workers, as the benefits of agile working become better understood.

They've urged employers to consider the need for agile working policies, in a new book, The Agile Revolution, which is informed by quantitative and qualitative research that shows that employers who introduce agile working find it much easier to recruit staff and enjoy significant productivity boosts.

As skills shortages, at all levels, are already driving major infrastructure projects abroad and sectors, such as hospitality, are reporting closures due to lack of staff, agile working could be the deciding factor in whether some employers are able to continue to recruit and retain the people they need.

NON-TRADITIONAL WORKING The research was conducted among company bosses and employees, and shows that attitudes towards the traditional way of working are shifting. In fact, half (50 per cent) of the senior decision makers polled in the north west regard the office as a place to work together 'sometimes', but with the option to work elsewhere too, and five per cent go so far as to say that the office is 'an outdated concept' in their industry.

68 per cent said they would be happy for their employees to work for another employer at the same time as them; a policy of many agile businesses. While agile working, of course, doesn't suit many sectors or individuals, the global rise in agile working, at the same time as a rise in skills shortages, means that it is essential for all employers to understand it and how it could impact on their sector. …

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