The provision of flexible work options, especially the opportunity to work from home, is a way to attract and retain staff. But what flexibility means is constantly evolving.
In the past, the idea of flexibility has centred on working remotely, with the most progressive employers first using it as a carrot to lure workers, with other companies following suit.
The idea of working strictly in an office was no longer the norm, with many workers instead setting up a home office, which was made easier by technological advancements including computers and wireless internet.
But now a new version of flexibility is emerging that is seeing the two ways of working combine, with workers now splitting their paid hours between the office and home.
It’s all about meeting in the middle to find the right balance for both workers and employers, with the result that the definition of ‘flexibility’ is widening.