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Technological advancements have changed the way businesses operate, enabling them to run in a faster and more efficient manner, on a global scale. This is also benefitting the workforce, with flexible working being amongst the top modern workplace trends in 2016. Employees are increasingly demanding flexible working options, with the level of job flexibility being a key determinant in choosing a job - employees want to be part of a mobile workforce, in which they can work from anywhere, at any time, using any device.

A global study conducted by Vodafone in 2015 found that 75% of businesses worldwide have embraced the importance of job flexibility, and have a flexible working policy in place. You may wonder, what does that result in? Eight out of ten of these businesses have seen significant improvements in productivity, and 61% of respondents have benefitted from increased profitability and believe they have seen a positive shift in reputation. Offering flexible ways of working to your employees can have a significantly positive impact on staff morale, engagement, trust and commitment to your business.

To actualise the benefits of flexible working, your business needs to have the right policies and technologies in place. Besides high-speed mobile data services and fixed-line broadband, it is of vital importance to utilise the right software – Vodafone offers a range of cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) apps, where you can self-select from a range of cloud-based SaaS apps, paying only for what is required for your business through a pay-as-you-go model. Being cloud-based, your business can truly mobilise the workforce and embrace the ‘always on’ philosophy, as employees can access these apps from anywhere, at any time, using any device. You will always have access to the latest and greatest technology with world-class security, and no longer have to worry about the costs of software obsolescence and maintenance. All of this from one place in one bill, along with the best network and tariffs for your business.

Take a look at Vodafone’s global study on flexibility here.