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What is Smarter-Working?
Smarter-Working can take a number of forms, some very simple, with few cost implications, through to full organisation-wide workflow reviews. It can apply to any business or organisation, from large multinational companies and the public sector right down to small business and the self-employed.
  • Allowing flexible working hours

The small step of enabling staff to come in or leave at different times, if adopted by enough companies, would 'stagger' the rush hour spreading it out and making it less intense, reducing road congestion and overcrowding on public transport, reducing travel time and making it a less stressful part of the day for everyone.

  • Allowing flexible working location

    Encouraging staff to work from more convenient locations such as from home or whilst on the move could significantly enhance productivity, reduce travelling time and improve quality of life. Even providing access to satellite offices, hot desks or other facilities more strategically located could reduce travelling distance and time further.

Flexible working
Flexible working ranges from 'flexi-time' where an employee can choose how weekly or annual hours are worked (also called 'self-rostering'), through 'flexi-hours' where an employee is allowed to come in and leave earlier or later, to 'flexi-working' which enables an employee to work overtime and then take that time off in lieu. Another approach to this is 'condensed hours' where an employee works the week's hours in just four days, taking the fifth day off. There are many different variations of the above which accommodate the particular requirements of the employee and employer, such as 'shift working', 'staggered hours' and 'term-time working'.
Home working
Is a proven more productive and efficient approach for many employees with a number of studies and examples of success that really adds bottom line improvement with higher productivity, lower absenteeism and greater staff retention. It only requires a mindset shift from 'attendance' focus to 'delivery' focus: results based upon what an employee actually delivers for customers, not the hours worked. Home working is growing in popularity and is beginning to have noticeable effects upon congestion and public transport, especially in major towns and cities. Even choosing to work from home one day a week can have a significant impact on work-life balance and productivity.
Remote Working
Another approach to reducing travel distances and time is remote working. This is where an employee works on the move, reducing the need to come into the office. This could be working from satellite offices or other 'hot desking' solutions, working from business centres or internet cafes, or even working from the car (whilst stationary!) with the latest mobile communications technology.

The above information has been gathered from a number of sources including WorkWise UK and Matisse project.