Anywhere working delivers gains for telecoms firm

Wednesday 27 February 2013

O2 believes the decision to pilot flexible working in 2012 has paid dividends.

A year on from the telecoms firm's trial, it claims that one-third of employees have made positive changes to their workplace habits.

The company claims to have increased savings and efficiencies in a number of areas, having encouraged employees to look beyond the confines of the office.

O2 said that, in a single month, it managed to save 100,000 miles of commuting, 30 tonnes of CO2 and £20,000 in fuel.

And not only this, but employee productivity levels when flexi-working have doubled over the past year, the firm stated.

Some 85 per cent of O2 employees who have piloted flexible working have expressed a desire to continue working remotely.

Four in ten now use flexible working at least once a week - helping to increase productivity levels while reducing costs.

Ben Dowd, business director at O2, said the changes seen in O2's workforce since the pilot "speak for themselves".

"With the right mix of technology, policy and education, Britain’s workforce can embrace the opportunities that flexible working can bring in helping them shape their own definition of the 9 to 5."

Posted by Alex Boardman