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Flexible working has been on an upward trend for a while now, with the number of employees who split their time between home and office rising every year. Yet, despite this increasing popularity, traditional, on-premise work has still been very much commonplace, and many businesses have been hesitant to fully commit to a hybrid working model.

According to statistics, in 2019, only 30% of the UK workforce experienced some form of home working, with less than 18% working from home on a regular basis.

However, as Covid-19 drove a largescale shift to home working for those able to perform their roles remotely, this figure has been sent through the roof. Moreover, surveys suggest that regular home working is here to stay, with UK employers stating they expect the number of those who work flexibly to double.

Hybrid working is here to stay

As restrictions are slowly being eased, organisations are left with the conundrum of how to move forward. Do they continue to support an entirely remote workforce, or recall employees back to the workplace? It looks for most, the winner is a hybrid of both.

In fact, research shows that now, nearly three quarters of UK businesses plan to adopt more flexible working practices, even in a post-pandemic world. This also aligns with the preference of employees; a recent YouGov poll found that over 80% of respondents wouldn’t want to, nor believe they will, return to the office full-time.

The value of flexibility

For many, flexible working is one small positive to come from COVID. Lockdown has shown that organisations can still run at the same level of efficiency, even when their workforce is working remotely. It has also given millions of previously office-based employees the opportunity to experience the benefits of flexible working, for their personal well-being and workplace productivity.

Maintaining this hybrid approach will ensure staff with more autonomy over how they work, making them feel more valued, less stressed, and helping them stay productive, while enabling them to benefit from the collaborative and social benefits of being physically together.

Flexible working also benefits businesses, reducing employee absences, saving on costs and improving retention.

Agile tech for agile working

It’s important to have the technology that helps you work with true agility. Acer can help you create a complete workspace that’s as agile and productive as you are. Combining processing power, portability, and durability, with a range of enterprise-class features and connectivity options, Acer TravelMate devices enable you to work effectively, no matter your location.

They also have a range of professional monitors and accessories, including intelligent USB-C docking, that help you transform your TravelMate laptop into a fully-functioning desktop set up, whether you’re in the office, or working from home.

Upgrade to Acer with Stone

You can also claim up to £150 cashback per device when you upgrade your old IT to an Acer solution. And to ensure your devices are future proof for flexible working, you can also enjoy the Acer Reliability Promise on the whole professional product range until 31st December 2020, which enables you to claim a full refund if your device develops a fault and is repaired under warranty within the first year.

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