So what can we do? In an era where the average office worker spends eight percent of their time looking at a mobile screen, would it really be such a stretch to make remote working the norm? According to research by Deloitte, 30 to 40 percent of physical workspaces are vacant at any given moment on a regular business day, adding more evidence to the argument against office-based working.
Despite this 60 percent of UK businesses are still not offering flexible working. Given that workers will be happier and more productive, why aren’t more organisations offering this? According to Matthew Ball, Prinicpal Analyst at Canalys “‘Based on current trends and changes in working culture, almost all information workers will have the option of remote working by 2022, with the main means of communication being social media and video conferencing via mobile devices.”
The tube strikes serve to highlight the fact that the UK working population is crying out to be spared the daily commute. I feel lucky to work for an organisation where 100 percent of our employees are equipped with the technology to allow them to work remotely.