|[May 15, 2018]
Workforce Futures: Fuze Global Study--Taking the 'Hours' Out of Business Hours is the Key to Productivity and Work-Life Balance
the leading cloud-based communications platform provider for the modern
global enterprise, today published a new global study, which reveals
that employees no longer want set working hours, office walls, or
company structures. Instead, workers are adopting a 'work-as-a-service'
approach, switching into and out of "work mode" at the touch of a button
and at the times and locations that suit them.
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The Fuze report, "Workforce
Futures: The role of people in the future of work," incorporates a
global survey of 6,600 employees working in enterprises of more than 500
people from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands,
Scandinavia, Spain, the UK, and the USA. The survey results present
unique insights from international academics, futurists, and industry
It reveals that while 66 percent of workers don't feel pressured to work
outside of their contracted hours, 73 percent prefer to do so because it
is when they are more productive. Nine out of ten employees also believe
that flexible hours should be a workplace norm rather than a benefit.
For more than alf of employees, this issue is so important that they
would rather quit their jobs than lose the ability to work flexibly.
"The communications and collaboration market is experiencing a major
shift in digital transformation. Our research has uncovered this shift,
which is set to shape the future of work as digital workers break free
from rigid hours and move fluidly in and out of 'work mode' at the push
of a button," said Colin Doherty, CEO, Fuze. "For enterprises, this is
about allowing employees to work when they are the most productive and
giving them every opportunity to balance personal commitments and attain
a work-life balance. Enabling employees to work when and where they
want, while equipping them with the right technology, results in a
happier workforce with low churn and high-performing teams."
The Fuze report uncovered three key trends:
Rejection of rigid and standardized hours
Nine out of ten
workers would like flexible work hours, while 69 percent want
compressed hours (working their contracted hours over fewer days) or
annualized hours (working a set number of hours over the year, but
with flexibility over when they work them). More than half of
employees (57 percent), also said they would prefer a job with no set
hours, while 36 percent find the idea of a short-term or freelance
Family and wellbeing are a priority
Nearly all the workers
surveyed (95 percent) say that work-life balance is an important
factor when searching for a new job. Forty-three percent agree that
'improved wellbeing' is a key reason for wanting to work in a more
flexible way. Over a third (37 percent) would like greater flexibility
in order to take care of parental or familial responsibilities.
Executives must champion flexible work approaches
able to work flexibly, at times and in locations they choose, is
important to 87 percent of workers. In addition, 84 percent believe
that they could work productively outside of the office if they were
given the right technology. As it stands, 44 percent believe that this
type of working environment isn't championed by executives and 38
percent say are not equipped with the technology they need to work
effectively outside of the office.
"The very nature of work is changing with significant growth in
non-routine work over the last 30 years-especially project work-coupled
with the technology-accelerated pace of business," said Sophie Wade,
Workforce Innovation Specialist, Flexcel Network. "This is dramatically
changing employers' emphasis on their talent and their need for workers
to be flexible and adapt to the evolving marketplace. Leading
corporations are recognizing that to achieve greater employee
responsiveness, they must engage workers more, and discover when, where,
and how they work best, as well as promote open mindsets. Increasingly
aligned with employees' desires for new ways of working, competitive
employers are seeking to discover each person's optimal work conditions
so they can be as productive as possible."
For the full report: "Workforce Futures: the role of people in the
future of work," please click here.
Fuze is a global, cloud-based unified
communications platform that empowers productivity and delivers insights
across the enterprise by enabling simplified business voice
communications, flexible video conferencing, and always-on
collaboration. Formerly ThinkingPhones, Fuze allows the modern, mobile
workforce to seamlessly communicate anytime, anywhere, across any
device. Headquartered in Boston, MA, Fuze has additional locations
including New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Ottawa, London, Amsterdam,
Aveiro (Portugal), Madrid, Paris, Munich, Zurich, Copenhagen, and
Sydney. For more information, visit www.fuze.com.
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