The 2013 Regus Global Economic Survey reveal that more and more executives and professionals around the world are working from their homes, from coffee shops, or on the road and enjoying flexible working hours resulting in higher productivity, reduced operating costs and less staff turnover.
Regus surveyed more than 26,000 business managers across 90 countries.
The survey found that 48 per cent now work remotely for at least half their working week.
In the Philippines, 36 per cent of executives work flexibly for at least half of the week.
70 per cent of respondents in the Philippines said they believed effective management of remote workers was perfectly achievable and a significant portion of businesses are bringing increasing vigor to managing their remote staff.
According to Regus chief executive Mark Dixon, “Flexible working is a winner for all concerned when the management team takes the lead. The business people we speak with tell us that trust and freedom play a key role in remote management and once these are in place, the benefits are clear for all to see: Greater productivity, improved staff retention and lower operating costs.”
The flexible working experience can particularly benefit younger workers. 55 per cent of respondents in the Philippines believe that junior executives become more responsible through remote working.
Key findings in the Philippines include:
- 36 per cent work remotely for half the week or more.
- 70 per cent say that seamless remote management is an achievable goal, but only if managers undergo special training.
- 49 per cent consider trust an important issue.
- 70 per cent of companies use reporting systems to monitor mobile employee efficiency.
- 61 per cent use video communication between managers and employees.
- 56 per cent believe remote management helps maintain a more professional relationship.
Regus is the world’s largest provider of flexible workplaces, with products and services ranging from fully-equipped offices to professional meeting rooms, business lounges and the world’s biggest network of video communication studios.