Flexible working could become more prevalent in the public sector by 2016, a survey of more than 2,500 public sector workers shows.
More than half of the respondents believe there will be fewer office buildings, more desk sharing and a higher percentage of nomadic workers in three years’ time.
The survey, carried out by Guardian Professional in association with Vodafone, found less than a quarter of respondents believe increased flexible working would negatively affect team dynamics.
In fact, one manager said: “My staff satisfaction has increased with flexible working and productivity is higher.”
Most respondents worked in the NHS, local government, social care services or housing associations.
Many (71%) believe that offering flexible working is important for retaining key staff, while over half (58%) said it could help attract better candidates for vacancies.
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