More people are requesting flexible working and the number of job-share posts and mobile working appears to be on the rise too.
According to Nicholas Tuckfield, general manager of HR specialist Talent2, the main driving force behind the glut of flexible working requests is the fact that people want to achieve a better work-life balance.
Writing for Dynamic Business, Mr Tickfield said: “Remote networking and smartphone technology provides the opportunity to revolutionise the way that people work and connect with their employer and businesses must be mindful of this.”
However, he added that business owners considering operating a virtual office need to ensure they aren’t caught out by the various flexible working pitfalls.
“Flexible workers must be kept in the loop when it comes to business activity,” he claimed.
He concluded that the benefits of launching a flexible working programme far outweigh the negatives.
Recently, service office space specialist Colleen Baldwin told the Globe and Mail that demand from staff for flexible working practices could be making traditional office cubicles obsolete.