Flexi-working has been a bit of a hot topic recently since Marissa Mayer, the CEO at Yahoo!, decided to cancel it for all Yahoo! employees and ordered them back into the office. “To become the absolute best place to work, communication and collaboration will be important, so we need to be working side-by-side. That is why it is critical that we are all present in our offices,” a memo sent to all staff said. “Some of the best decisions and insights come from hallway and cafeteria discussions, meeting new people and impromptu team meetings. Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home.”
O2’s business director, Ben Dowd, disagrees pretty strongly. “In failing to embrace a flexible working culture, companies like Yahoo! Are missing out on huge benefits both for their business and their staff,” he said. “Our own research of over 2,000 employees and over 400 employers shows that three quarters of people say they are most productive when they can change when and where they work.”
Flexi-working and the standard nine-to-five are suited to different types of people and different styles of working. If you’re the kind of person who likes structure and working with other people, then working from the office is probably best for you. But if you can motivate yourself and you like the idea of choosing when and where you work, you might find that you would benefit from flexi-working. Not sure whether you’re more suited to flexi-working or a standard nine-to-five? Take our flowchart quiz to find out.