Coffee shops are becoming increasingly attractive places to work despite the widespread lack of awareness of recent changes in flexible working legislation, according to a new study by O2 Business. The report highlights how 46% of those taking part in the survey said they’re actually more productive in the relaxed setting.
The O2 research found that two-fifths of UK workers now spend more than four hours a week working flexibly from the ‘coffice’, as opposed to sitting at their office desks.
The study into changing working behaviour found that over a quarter (26%) of UK workers would prefer to work from their local coffee shop if their employers encouraged flexible working. However, 54% were unaware of new laws on the right to request flexible working, which took effect on June 30.
O2 Business is encouraging workers across the country to work smarter and be more flexible by making use of the latest digital technology. Cloud-based software and tools such as Pop Up Office, a portable 4G mobile hotspot, mean that a mobile office can be set up in minutes, said the company.
Paul Lawton, head of small business for O2 said: ‘It’s great to see an increasing number of people working away from the office and this is something I think we will continue to see in the future. I hope more people will be encouraged to work flexibly in light of the Government’s changes to the legislation.
O2 is continuously helping its business customers meet the needs of both the company and their employees in an increasingly digital Britain, he explained.
‘Equipping workers with the latest technology, underpinned by superfast 4G or WiFi connectivity will undoubtedly help them to become more productive.’