Majority of U.S. Companies Offer Flexible Working Solutions

March 14, 2011 ( – Eighty-five percent of U.S. companies now offer their staff some form of flexible working, according to a new global research report from Regus, a provider of workspace solutions.

The majority of those companies are finding that flexible working is bringing them significant benefits, including reduced overhead expenses, improved staff productivity and work-life balance, a press release said. Additionally, 62% of U.S. businesses believe flexible working costs less than fixed office working.    

The survey found 75% of businesses offering flexible working assert their staff has significantly better work-life balance, improving satisfaction and motivation. In addition, half believe flexible working improves staff productivity, and 25% say leveraging a flexible workplace helps them scale quickly to cope with rapid growth.    

More than 30% of flexible working businesses also feel their policy helps them access a wider talent pool.   

However, the survey also uncovered that 35% of U.S. businesses only offer this privilege to senior staff.  

More than 17,000 business respondents from the Regus global contacts database were interviewed for the survey during February 2011.