Sir Richard Branson “perplexed” by Yahoo! chief exec Marissa Mayer’s attitude to remote working. Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson is “perplexed” by reports that Yahoo! chief executive Marissa Mayer has emailed employees who work remotely telling them that they will have to relocate to company facilities.
He said that working life isn’t nine to five anymore and companies that do not embrace remote working policies are “missing a trick”.
“This seems a backwards step in an age when remote working is easier and more effective than ever.
“If you provide the right technology to keep in touch, maintain regular communication and get the right balance between remote and office working, people will be motivated to work responsibly, quickly and with high quality,” Sir Richard stated.
The businessman said that in order to work successfully with other people, you have to trust each other.
A big part of this, he added, is trusting staff members to get their work done where they want, whether at a desk in the office or in their kitchen. He said that he lets his employees have the freedom to work where that want.
“It is the art of delegation, which has served Virgin and many other companies well over the years,” Sir Richard concluded.
It seems that the Virgin tycoon may well have a point about trusting staff to work away from the office, as a recent survey by O2 suggested employees are more productive if they are allowed to work more flexibly.
Some 75 per cent of respondents said that they get more done when they can change when and where they work from.
However, it seems business owners and employees have different opinions when it comes to implementing flexible working policies.
Seventy-seven per cent of employers said that flexible working is actively encouraged across their organisation but just 19 per cent of staff said that their company encourages them to work flexibly.
A total of 56 per cent of employers said that they have a clear strategy for working flexibly yet only 30 per cent of employees agreed that such policies are in place.
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