Flexible working critical to job creation
The majority or about 81% of business people around the world report that capital freed up from lengthy leases and underoccupied space should be invested in growth and employment. This puts flexible working firmly at the heart of the economic agenda for national governments that should also be doing more to promote flexible working, according to the latest Regus survey of more than 44,000 senior executives in more than 100 countries.
Respondents indicated that tax and nontax incentives for promoting flexible working should also be offered by governments along with more promotion of flexible working options. Additionally, as global business people reveal that capital freed up from lengthy office leasing could be invested in employment, it follows that over half of respondents also say flexible working can contribute to reducing youth unemployment.
Business people globally also agree that flexible working is critical to ensuring underrepresented demographics such as carers, returning mothers, parents and older workers remain in the workforce. “Flexible working plays an important part in creating jobs and boosting the economy as money saved on lengthy leases and under-occupied office space can instead be invested in growth and the creation of new jobs,” said Katerina Manou, Regional General Manager Regus-Balkans and Cyprus.
“Flexible working can also help the economy by encouraging underrepresented demographics to remain or return to the workforce boosting GDP,” Manou said, adding that “by allowing workers to better reconcile their professional and personal lives, flexible working means that older workers, parents, carers, returning mothers and workers in general can continue to remain in employment and contribute to the overall economy.”