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Recruitment and flexible working

Elliott Manning, managing director of Kayman Recruitment and founder of Network K

We (myself and David Goldring, the company’s managing director, who works on a flexible basis) have recently launched Network K, a group of satellite offices throughout the UK, managed by people who already have experience in recruitment, are dynamic, self-motivated and who would prefer to run their own businesses.

There are some really great recruitment people around, who for some reason or another cannot do a traditional nine to five job, and want to use their skills in recruitment to generate income. We are working with those recruiters.

The recruitment market is changing, with new technology being introduced on a regular basis. The technology we work with is becoming more and more flexible. Do you need to sit in an office from 8am every day and get home at 8pm? No, not any more. The way in which we work at Kayman Recruitment is to offer flexible working from home. Whether you get to finish work early, start work later or work from home, you can still get just as much work done.

It’s hard to dispute: At-home employees say remote work is a boon to productivity. Distractions like water cooler gossip, impromptu meetings, and loud colleagues are a non-issue; 86% of those surveyed said they preferred to work alone to “hit maximum productivity.”

Stats about remote work show that 82% of telecommuters reported lower stress levels, according to one study, and that’s a good thing not only for remote workers, but for the companies that employ them. The recent study found that 80% of workers reported higher morale when working from home, while 69 percent reported lower absenteeism.

It might seem counterintuitive, but remote workers are often more engaged with colleagues and supervisors than in-office workers. For many employers, going green is a big incentive in the shift toward remote work.

A robust 68% of job seekers who are millennials said an option to work remotely would greatly increase their interest in specific employers, according to a survey by a career network for college students and recent grads.

This is smart working. It results in:

1.  Reduced travel expenses

2.  Reduced workwear costs

3.  Reduced spend on city priced food and drinks

4.  Reduced childcare costs

5.  More spare time 

One study has found that those employees who work in a remote environment have higher levels of organisational commitment and job satisfaction, ultimately resulting in an overall increase in work-related wellbeing.

Employees get to work on their terms, often eliminating the hassle and expense of commuting, which makes for happier employees.

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