A survey conducted by IWG has found that 50% of workers work outside of the company’s main location at least half of the work week, making it clear that this once niche offering is becoming a mainstay across various industries. With this, flexible workspace operator Regus has provided insight on the top flexible work trends to take place in the UAE this year.
First, the number of remote workers is expected to increase as more companies understand that benefits of offering flexibility, such as reduced set-up costs and a broader talent pool.
Furthermore, as Generation Z starts entering the workforce, they want a workplace that offers a work-life balance. Therefore, companies hoping to attract and retain incoming talent will start accommodating these needs by making more use of flexible workspaces.
Mobile workers using online tools that make remote work more efficient, such as document sharing and video conferencing, are also expected to continue growing in popularity.
“As the UAE looks to a new decade of growth and development, spurred by events like Expo 2020, flexible working will prove to be invaluable,” said Kory Thompson, Country Head Middle East at IWG. “It will provide new businesses with the opportunity to easily increase productivity and attract top talent. In fact, IWG’s research shows that over a third of businesses are looking to expand internationally, with 55% of businesses surveyed saying they are looking to be more agile.”