The Mobile Workplace study, carried out by TNS on behalf of IFS, shows that the ability to work anywhere, at any time, is ‘very important’ for 69% of UK executives.
59% would choose increased flexible working over a pay rise that involved being office-bound, while 54% of respondents said that having the latest technology to use for work is also very important.
Companies can satisfy both interests in providing portable technology that allows employees to work from any location.
Alexander Sovré, director, TNS Sifo, says: “The research clearly points to an increased awareness and interest in work-related mobility.
“Flexibility and mobility coupled with modern technology are very important factors, much more so than more traditional perks such as a corner office, a prestigious title or even a higher salary. According to the research, we are looking at a real shift in how people prioritise their working life.”
The importance of flexible working exceeded benefits such as a company car (30%), a separate office (29%) or a personal assistant (24%).