Global decision-makers see flexible working as a positive

Targus, experts in laptop cases and mobile computing accessories has released the results of its annual 2023 Global Workplace Study, which examines the key factors, tools, and trends that are important for improving employee well-being, engagement, and productivity.

According to the survey among 1,000 senior business decision-makers and 6,000 workers across North America and Europe, the top three well-being priorities are flexible working (47%), rewards and recognition (43%), and cost of living support (40%). In fact, 88 per cent of business decision-makers globally agree that flexible working positively impacts their staff retention and recruitment, an 11-point increase from 2021.

David Brown, Marketing Director at Targus EMEA said, “since most of us spend more time at work than we do with our family and friends, it’s vital to understand how to make work more purposeful and productive. Our study helps to answer these questions by exploring themes, such as employee wellbeing, engagement, productivity, as well as the importance of sustainability.”

Key findings:

Flexible and hybrid working remains the norm, with 68 per cent of respondents in the UK stating that they do not work from an office full time and 69 per cent stating that they only work in an office between two and four days per week

Having the right tools to work from anywhere is extremely important. Specifically, 82 per cent of workers in the UK and 82 per cent globally say they would be negatively impacted without the right tech accessories to do their work. However, many businesses supporting flexible working conditions do not supply their employees with the tech accessories they need to work well remotely, such as a keyboard, mouse, headphones, additional monitor(s), and hub. An annual budget to purchase accessories ranked in the top five ways to enhance well-being at work

Businesses and consumers increasingly prioritise sustainability, with more than 53 per cent of global respondents stating that sustainable attributes influence their purchasing considerations for tech accessories. In the UK alone, 61 per cent of people say they are happy to pay more for sustainable products that last longer, and 64 per cent say they buy fewer fast fashion products and invest in long-lasting products

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