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New working trends

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06 Feb 2015
Organisations must continually find new ways to improve efficiency and cut costs to stay competitive, especially within today's economy. For many of our clients in the public sector, this is a key area as they continually face increased budget cuts and financial limitations placed on them by the Government.

Such cuts have historically resulted in a significant reduction in headcount for many local government legal teams, which in turn can potentially have a knock on effect in terms of service levels and subsequent locum usage.

Over the last year, Sellick Partnership has witnessed a considerable increase in our public sector clients implementing new working practices within their offices to help combat such issues. The main focus has been to allow employees the option of some home working in their roles. This entails allowing employees to travel to work on a minimal amount of days and work at home as much as is conceivable.

Many of our clients are now realising the cost savings and the productivity increase they can achieve by affording their employees more flexibility. Whist previously flexible working arrangements were viewed as a perk enjoyed by senior management only, they have become more standardised and expected amongst employees at all levels.
 
This new working pattern represents a huge shift in workplace and management mentality within our specialist sector, highlighting that productivity is not directly correlated to office presence. This represents an exciting shift in working habits and expectations.  Not only does it prove greater levels of trust in employees, but also highlights new ways in which our chosen market has adapted to the ever present budget pressures in a bid to save increased amounts of employees from losing their posts due to budget cuts.

Many of our clients have found that significant cost savings can be found in the work from home option. From a corporate perspective, the remote working option can significantly reduce overheads, as well as bring in employees who are loyal and happy to work every day.

Savings are made predominantly due to the decreased amount of power being used within the main office space, alongside savings incurred by overall building maintenance. Examples of other savings enjoyed by organisations include the following:
  • Reduced office space if sharing work space.
  • Phone bills can be charged on unlimited calling plans for mobile phones, reducing overall phone line charges.
  • Internet connectivity is faster for those who are in the office for the day, and those working from home benefit from their own high speed internet from home.
  • No electricity (computers, air conditioning, heat, microwaves, facilities, lighting) used for the days employees work remotely.
  • No water (toilets, water fountains, coffee and tea services, sinks) used for the days worked from home.
  • Reduced furniture wear and tear, in some cases, shared furniture is an option.
  • Office supply arrangements and contracts can be made. Significantly reduce waste when holding the employee accountable for personal office supply usage.
Not only is this new working arrangement cost effective, but it is also incredibly energy efficient too. Many of our clients have moved away from desktop computers to laptops. Making this switch provides the flexibility for employees to use battery power for a portion of the time, instead of always being plugged into an electrical outlet. The reduced water and electricity usage in offices is also considerable.

These changes are also exciting from a professional perspective for our candidates and clients alike. For many searching for new roles, understanding these trends will give you an advantage as you make career choices. The increased flexibility found in such organisations can mean a better work / life balance, and make certain roles more feasible when previously location may have been a factor preventing you from applying for a role.

In what ways has your organisation saved money? We'd love to hear your thoughts.
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