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Heatwave prompts calls for flexible working

by LLB Reporter
24th Jul 19 8:01 am

With temperatures set to top 35C this week, The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has called for employers to allow staff to work flexibly during this week’s UK heatwave.

Darren Fields, regional vice president, UK & Ireland, Citrix said, “As the heatwave continues in the UK this week, the Trades Union Congress has now called for employers to allow more flexible working so staff can avoid the sweltering conditions of the rush hour commute. While the current heatwave is a good reason to encourage greater flexible working, the truth is that the concept of work as we know it is undergoing a huge change already. More and more organisations are recognising the benefits of flexible working – whether there is a heatwave or not.

“From filing reports ‘on the go’ to accessing important information from remote locations, flexible working releases employees to work in a productive manner however it suits them. Our 2018 research with The Work Foundation predicted that working away from the office will become the rule rather than the exception over the next 10-years. We’re talking about the ability to work anywhere, anytime, and from any device because technology enables a secure, integrated, and efficient way to work, not simply because company policy allows for flexibility in schedule or location.

“To be competitive today, businesses need to embrace workforce flexibility. This means implementing cloud-based apps and services to deliver a unified, secure digital workspace which provides employees with the work resources they need, when and where they need them. For those careers where the traditional demands of office facetime are becoming obsolete, the future of work could be a world away from the traditional 9 to 5 in an office, and definitely shouldn’t involve a sweltering rush hour commute during a heatwave.”

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