You will, no doubt, have heard the rumours of a seemingly unattainable flexible working nirvana where time and location have little bearing on your ability to do your job. Influencers like Mother Pukka have led the campaign for flexible working for parents in the workplace. But it's no longer a movement for parents alone, everyone can benefit from the improved work-life balance that flexible working offers.
It is easy to see the benefits to employees - a work pattern that suits their individual productivity, reducing a commute means less stress and expense, more flexibility to balance other aspects of life.
What has been less predictable is the benefits to businesses. Companies that have adopted flexible working are reporting a significant increase in productivity and employees taking greater ownership and accountability for their work. In terms of staff retention and recruiting good candidates flexible working is now considered high up in the benefits that a company can offer.