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Sometimes you just want to refine or test your ideas against best practice. Whilst of course we would love to work with you to help accelerate your progress we invite you to make use of some of our resources.

Is Flexible Working right for your organisation?

We have developed a questionnaire to help you understand current readiness for more flexible ways of working. It will also help you to review how your organisation can be more effective when working flexibly. 

The benefits of flexible working

This study shows how some local authorities have benefitted from flexible working in terms of performance and efficiency. Factors critical to their success are identified.

Flexible Working – a brief guide

In Flexible Working – a brief guide we show the key steps that need to be taken to implement a successful programme. This runs from making the business case, through running pilots to developing an appropriate culture.

Flexible Working within Local Authorities

This short survey of Local Authorities in England and Wales highlights the most common drivers and barriers to successful flexible working. It identifies the top three barriers to increased flexibility as the constraints of ITC, manager attitudes and manager skills.

Working at Home – the productivity tool of the future

This Telework Association research report by Wisework Director Peter Thomson shows how dramatic increases in productivity can be achieved by people working at home. It demonstrates to employers the potential benefits of rethinking traditional attitudes to work.

Part-time working toolkit

This toolkit was developed with support from the Women and Equalities Unit and focuses on encouraging the provision and take up of more part time opportunities for senior staff. It is designed to act as a catalyst for productive part-time working arrangements.

Managing remote workers – a questionnaire

How good are you at managing remote and dispersed workers? Use this short questionnaire to find out.

Future Work: changing organizational culture for the new world of work

Peter Thomson, Wisework Director of Research, is the co-author of this new book published by Palgrave Macmillan. It sets out the compelling business case for a change in organisational cultures and working practices, with dozens of examples of companies making the transition, including Gap, Vodafone and Unilever. Drawing on a unique international survey and the experience of pioneering business leaders, it explains:

  • Why current flexible work arrangements fail to achieve the business benefits of a wholesale shift to an autonomous work culture
  • Why 21st century work requires leadership styles that play to female strengths
  • Why offices of the future will be meeting places rather than workplaces
  • How managers can help virtual teams to collaborate and ensure that technology is our servant, not our master

This is not crystal ball gazing. A growing number of organizations are showing the way. It takes bold leadership and a break with old habits. But future work will not wait for those who fail to grasp the opportunities now.

To find out more about the book go to www.futureworkbook.com