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It's 2018! Why do we need a manifesto for smarter working?


Dimension Data is urging employers and employees to agree on the principles of smarter working

Dimension Data has unveiled a ‘Manifesto for Smarter Working’  aimed at addressing cultural barriers to flexible and remote ways of working.

Why have we done this?

Such ways of working aren’t for everybody, we know that. There are people who need to work in a specific location, whether a bar, a hospital or a factory for example, for whom working from home is not be an option. But there are also millions of workers who can work more flexibly but are often being denied the opportunity due to outdated attitudes, misunderstanding and poor communication.

It is those factors we are seeking to cut through. We want to help organisations equip themselves, technically, but also culturally, for a future that will happen with or without them.

Research from Dimension Data suggests there will be a 40% increase in the proportion of large businesses who support flexible working within the next two years. Furthermore, nearly half (49%) say they will have some employees working full time from home within two years. But for every business leading the way with such initiatives there are others resisting and by doing so they are putting themselves and their employees at a disadvantage.

Crucially, it is becoming increasingly clear many of the major barriers to more flexible ways of working aren’t technological. The technology to work securely from almost any location exists and is well proven on a daily basis. Instead it is often cultural barriers that are preventing people from working remotely or more flexibly.

This is not only a shame as it denies people the opportunity to manage a better work-life balance, but a mistake for businesses that could affect not only productivity but also the attraction and retention of the best possible talent.

The greater flexibility that can be enabled by technology and a cultural shift within organisations isn’t just about location either. It is also about time.

We all know people who are at their best first thing in the morning and others who are more productive later in the day.  Why deny either the opportunity to be as productive as possible?

It is for all these reasons that we are targeting the relationship between employers and employees.

It is also why we are calling this a ‘Manifesto for Smarter Working’. This isn’t about a perk for staff – though there are obviously benefits that could dramatically improve an employee’s work-life balance. This is about making modern businesses more successful; by helping them use one of their greatest assets – their people – in the smartest, most effective and efficient way possible.

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