Flexible Working Hours Boost Output: Report

Thursday, 29 March 2012, 04:52 Hrs
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New Delhi: A majority of companies surveyed believe flexible working hours have increased productivity, while among workforce in metros 84 per cent Delhiites think the trend is helpful compared to only 77 percent in Mumbai, says a report.

According to a survey by leading provider of flexible workspace, Regus, 87 percent of Bangalore respondents have said that they work more flexibly, both in terms of time and location, than they used to.

Bangalore is ahead of other major cities, for example In New Delhi only 79 percent respondents said they work more flexibly, Mumbai (75 percent) and Chennai (73 percent).

Interestingly, in Hyderabad, as many as 83 percent of respondents said they work more flexibly and in Pune the figure stands at 78 percent, the Regus survey which covered 600 senior business managers across the nation said.

According to Regus, 79 percent of Indian companies reported that their productivity has increased as a result of flexible working practices, and 77 percent link increasing revenues directly to flexi-working.

"This survey confirms the business case for flexible working revealing that Indian businesses see increased productivity and greater revenue generation as directly linked to flexible working practices," Regus Regional Vice-President, South Asia Madhusudan Thakur said.

In India, the national capital seems to have overtaken the financial capital in terms of flexible working. 84 percent of senior business managers in New Delhi believe that their company is more productive nowadays, directly as a result of more flexible working as against 77 percent senior managers in Mumbai and 74 percent in Pune.

"It is highly interesting to see a divergence of sentiment across some of India's business hubs, but what is clear is that the great majority of the nation's businesses are bullish on the benefits of flexi-work," Thakur said.

Be it Mumbai or Bangalore, business people are also working on the move more than they used to, making the availability of work centres in every city an increasingly attractive proposition, particularly to small businesses that cannot rely on a network of company offices when they leave their headquarters, the survey said.
Source: PTI
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